Moore, Amzie, 1911-1982


Amzie Moore was born and raised in Mississippi. Moore's family owned some land, inherited from his grandfather, but they struggled in the Great Depression and eventually lost the property. Moore's mother died when he was fourteen, and he moved to Greenwood, Mississippi where he put himself through high school. Moore worked for the U.S. Post Office from 1935 to 1968, when he retired. During that time he served in the U. S. Army for three and a half years in Burma during World War II. He also opened a gas and service station with a restaurant and a beauty parlor while he worked for the Post Office. Moore was considered to be a community leader in his home, Cleveland, Mississippi. He was the president of the local NAACP for a time and he encouraged voter registration efforts in the black community. Moore organized the local Head Start, beginning in 1966. He was also responsible for the building of many units of housing for low-income families in Cleveland. -- Washington University Libraries, Film and Media Archive WWW site.

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