MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2006 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Walls, Jordan, Jackson (11th), Harden, Jackson (32nd), Frazier, Clarke

Senate Concurrent Resolution 612

(As Adopted by Senate and House)

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE LIFE AND CIVIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF CHARLES LEON MOORE, SR., OF GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, AND EXPRESSING THE SYMPATHY OF THE LEGISLATURE.

WHEREAS, Mr. Charles Leon Moore, Sr., well-known citizen, community activist and City Councilman in Greenville, Mississippi, has departed this earthly life on March 14, 2006; and

WHEREAS, Charles Moore was a native Greenvillian who dedicated his life and energy to the community and its residents; and

WHEREAS, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. After coming home and completing his high school requirements, he realized he had to make a decision. Either he would leave Greenville or stay and make it a better place for all to live. He chose the second; and

WHEREAS, his goals and aspirations were achieved by the following:

Getting involved in voter registration in the 1950s;

Getting involved with the inception of Delta Ministry in Greenville in 1964;

Helping organize the effort to bring Headstart to our

community in 1966;

Helping organize the effort to integrate Greenville Public Schools in 1968;

Spearheading the organization of Herbert Lee Center where civil rights meetings were held. It still exists on the corner of Cately and Belaire Streets;

Coordinating the Robert Clark for Congress in the Washington County campaign, 1982-1984;

Washington County Chairman Committee to elect Mike Espy, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992;

Chaired the committee to elect Bennie Thompson for Washington County, 1993;

Chaired the committee to elect Dick Molpus for Governor, 1995;

Recipient of the Harriet Tubman Award from the Magnolia Bar Association in 1996; and

WHEREAS, he was a member of the Church of Christ Holiness, Past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Past President of the Greenville Travel Club, retired member of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union and the Past President of Branch 516 of the NALC. He was also a member of the Secretary of State Dick Molpus Task Force. He filed a discrimination complaint that resulted in blacks being promoted to managerial positions in the U.S. Post Office. He was a member of the NAACP since 1946; and

WHEREAS, from the South Pacific and back to Greenville, many roads were traveled. Charles' last major challenge as a Greenville City Council member began as the Council Representative from Ward 4 in 1990, re-elected for a four-year term in October 1993, and ended with his retirement in 2001 because of declining health; and

WHEREAS, he is survived by his wife, Alfolonia Matthews-Moore, five children, Charles Leon Moore, Jr., Gregory Moore, Janice Moore, Iris Moore-McGee and Stanley Moore; and three grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, it is with sadness that we note the passing of this respected Mississippian whose contributions to his community and state are a matter of record:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend the life and civic contributions of Charles Leon Moore, Sr., of Greenville, Mississippi, and express the sympathy of the Legislature to his surviving family on his passing.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to the surviving family of Mr. Moore and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.