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A. Paul Moss

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If You Haven't Done Something To Help Somebody And Help Them Live A Better Life, Then Your Life Has Not Been Worthwhile.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1911
Birth Location:
Springfield, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If You Haven't Done Something To Help Somebody And Help Them Live A Better Life, Then Your Life Has Not Been Worthwhile.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1911
Birth Location:
Springfield
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Biography

YMCA administrator, educator and civic leader Alonzo Paul Moss was born May 16, 1911 as the sixth of seven sons and one daughter born to strict iron worker, Robert Moss and his wife Ida Byrd Moss in Springfield, Ohio. Moss attended Fulton Elementary School, Central Junior High School and Springfield High School where he was a star athlete and honor student. Moss graduated from West Virginia’s Bluefield Teachers College in 1935.

Moss returned to Springfield in 1936, was married and started working for the Center Street YMCA, a place he attended as a youth. In seventeen years with the Springfield YMCA, Moss rose to branch executive, raising $300,000.00 for a new facility, which opened in 1950. A Springfield community leader, Moss sang bass in the Second Baptist Chorus with Coretta Scott (King) then a student at nearby Antioch College, (Rear Admiral) Benjamin Thurman Hacker, then a student at Wittenberg University, Gertrude Carter, and Prof. Charles Wallace. He knew boxing champion Davey Moore, musician Johnny Lytle and mentored young Crud Ayers, the father of future NBA coach, Randy Ayers.

In 1960, in order to revive East Baltimore’s YMCA’s, the national office of the YMCA recruited Moss. He expanded programs at Cherry Hill and Turner Station and as camp director, founded Camp King’s Landing and helped form the King’s Landing Mother’s Club. That club founded the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast in 1968.

Integrating and supervising five county branches, Moss also served for 16 years on the Baltimore Department of City Services Advisory Board, the Maryland Food Bank, and for more than a decade on the University of Maryland Board of Regents. After retirement, Moss coordinated community programs for the Community College of Baltimore and volunteered in local prisons.

Moss’ first wife, Evelyn, died in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike shortly after moving to Baltimore. Their son, Michael Moss, is a college athletic administrator. Moss married Elizabeth (Bettye) Murphy Phillips of the Afro-American in 1963 and helped raise three more children. Honored by Alpha Phi Alpha and community leaders in Springfield and Baltimore, Moss, now lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. Moss passed away on September 9, 2010.

Moss was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 10, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - A. Paul Moss describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - A. Paul Moss describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - A. Paul Moss describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - A. Paul Moss describes his experiences at Fulton School in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - A. Paul Moss describes playing basketball as a teenager in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - A. Paul Moss relates the story of a lynching in Springfield, Ohio in 1917
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - A. Paul Moss describes his experiences at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - A. Paul Moss talks about his choice to attend Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - A. Paul Moss describes his experiences at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - A. Paul Moss describes his first jobs after graduating college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - A. Paul Moss talks about working for the YMCA in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - A. Paul Moss describes his wife's work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - A. Paul Moss talks about running a capital campaign for a new YMCA building in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - A. Paul Moss talks about the Rosenwald Foundation's construction projects in African American communities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - A. Paul Moss describes teaching the father of Randy Ayers, an NBA basketball coach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - A. Paul Moss describes memorable students from his time working at the YMCA in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - A. Paul Moss talks about his experiences with the family of HistoryMaker Richard L. Tolliver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - A. Paul Moss talks about the death of his first wife and meeting his second wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - A. Paul Moss describes his experiences on the Board of Regents for the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - A. Paul Moss talks about integrating YMCA camps in Calvert County, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - A. Paul Moss relates his memories of Coretta Scott King
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - A. Paul Moss describes running adult education programs for the Community College of Baltimore
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - A. Paul Moss talks about recent events in his family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - A. Paul Moss describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - A. Paul Moss describes a television program concerning class divisions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - A. Paul Moss talks about how his parents viewed his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - A. Paul Moss reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - A. Paul Moss reflects upon what he would do differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - A. Paul Moss describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - A. Paul Moss narrates his photographs