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Howard Moore, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1932
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/28/1932
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Attorney Howard Moore, Jr. was born on February 28, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia to Bessie Sims Moore and Howard Moore, Sr. Growing up on Fort Street, his paper route sent him down Auburn Avenue where he encountered many of Atlanta’s prominent citizens, including Colonel Austin T. Walden, the dean of the black lawyers. When his mother left to work at a Lorain, Ohio steel plant, Moore lived with his aunt. He attended David T. Howard School, graduating in 1950. Attending Morehouse College, Moore wanted to be a journalist like Atlanta Daily World’s Lerone Bennett but was drawn to political science where he was taught by Dr. Robert Brisbane and Hugo Skala. Earning his B.A. degree in political science in 1954, he served in the United States Army until 1956. Moore worked for a while in Cleveland, Ohio, and then obtained his LL.B degree from Boston University School of Law in 1960.

After serving as a clerk for United States District Court Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., Moore was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1961. Returning to Atlanta, he and was hired by the black firm of Hollowell and Ward in 1962, later joining the firm of Moore, Alexander and Rindskopf. As one of only ten black lawyers in Georgia, Moore worked long hours and traveled on Sundays with Vernon Jordan. As SCLC, SNCC and CORE applied pressure on local, state, and federal government to recognize racial equality, the pro-NAACP lawyers in Georgia, including Donald Hollowell, A.T. Walden and Moore remained involved in promoting anti-discrimination laws. The passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) eliminated legal discrimination in the public sphere. Moore was involved with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the cases of Georgia v. Peacock and Georgia v. Rachel. These 1966 victories taken to the United States Supreme Court used federal civil action to counterattack against unconstitutional attempts to use state law to prevent citizens from exercising their rights. Moore also represented Julian Bond in his successful fight to take his historic seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, also in 1966. He was also part of the NAACP team in the 1970 Supreme Court Decision of Turner v. Fouche.

Moore was the attorney for Angela Davis from 1971 to 1977, moving to Berkeley, California to become a part of the defense team with Leo Branton, Margaret Burnham, and Doris Brin Walker. In 1986, the National Bar Association filed an amicus curiae brief protesting the criminal contempt conviction of Moore, who was cited and fined $5,000 because of a question asked of a witness during the case, United States v. Albert Turner, et al. The conviction of Moore would have had a chilling effect upon the African American lawyer's rights.

Married to Jane Bond Moore, he has formed Moore and Moore and practices law in Oakland, California. They have three grown children.

Moore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 14, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Howard Moore, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his maternal grandmother's farm in Wilkes County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his mother's family history and pulling fodder on his grandmother's farm in Wilkes County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his family's stance on church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his parents' personalities and whom he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory and how urban renewal changed his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at the David T. Howard School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the Buttermilk Bottom neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the Buttermilk Bottom neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. shares the history of David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the prominent residents of Atlanta, Georgia that he knew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the prominent people he met at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, including Colonel A.T. Walden
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about Colonel A.T. Walden and the integration of the Atlanta Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the black-owned institutions in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the death of his aunt, Fannie White
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about living with his mother after his aunt died in 1945
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his favorite teachers and sports at David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at David T. Howard High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his decision to attend Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts after leaving the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience at Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about applying for jobs after graduating from Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes being hired by Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience working at the firm of Hollowell and Ward
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his first trial as a criminal defense lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes a coroner's inquest after the police killing of a black man in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes Donald L. Hollowell's personality and reputation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the organizations that his firm, Hollowell and Ward, collaborated with
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the SCLC, SNCC and the Civil Rights issues in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes how slavery established the basis for discrimination nationwide
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the case of Georgia v. Rachel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the outcomes of City of Greenwood v. Peacock and Georgia v. Rachel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his travels to Egypt
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. remembers meeting his wife, HistoryMaker Jane Bond Moore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about meeting Thurgood Marshall on the day before arguing Bond v. Floyd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes arguing the case of HistoryMaker Julian Bond, Bond v. Floyd, in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes defending Stokely Carmichael against charges of insurrection in the case of Carmichael v. Allen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about Black Power and the importance of realizing African contributions to history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the impact of Black Power on subsequent social movements, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the impact of Black Power on subsequent social movements, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the 2006 trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor in Freetown, Sierra Leone, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the 2006 trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor in Freetown, Sierra Leone, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the 2005 trial of Saddam Hussein
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his decision to represent HistoryMaker Angela Davis during her trial
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the importance of public support during the trial of HistoryMaker Angela Davis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the importance of public support during the trial of HistoryMaker Angela Davis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes how he and HistoryMaker Leo Branton, Jr. defended HistoryMaker Angela Davis during her trial, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes how he and HistoryMaker Leo Branton, Jr. defended HistoryMaker Angela Davis during her trial, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about jury selection during the trial of HistoryMaker Angela Davis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the aftermath of HistoryMaker Angela Davis' trial
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes saving Ernest Whippler from execution in 1964, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes saving Ernest Whippler from execution in 1964, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes the outcome of Ernest Whippler's death row appeal
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. reflects on what he learned about himself during Ernest Whippler's case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his decision not to return to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about the career of his wife, HistoryMaker Jane Bond Moore, and the founding of Moore and Moore
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience teaching at the University of California in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about some of his memorable cases in California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Howard Moore, Jr. talks about his current legal practice
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Howard Moore, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Howard Moore, Jr. reflects upon what he would do differently with his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Howard Moore, Jr. reflects on the importance of perseverance
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Howard Moore, Jr. reflects upon his legacy and his children
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Howard Moore, Jr. concludes his interview and describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Howard Moore, Jr. narrates his photographs