The Story Of The Wilmington 10
Dedication to My Mother Booker T. Washington once said that “The highest test of the civilization of any race is its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. A race like any individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up.” My mother fully embraced that ideal. So it is, that I was not surprised, when as she made her final transition, she was honored by people from all walks of life, every race, creed and color. The same New Hanover County Sheriffs Department who had in the spring of 1972, arrested her son, were now there guarding her body as she lay in state, and then provided a motorcycle escort during her funeral procession. You see, Sheriff Sid Causey had become one of my mothers dear friends and allies. Mayor Bill Saffo came to honor and celebrate her life, along with former Mayor Harper Peterson and District Attorney Ben David. Thomas Wright came in from the N.C. House of Representatives to report on how she had impacted his life. Recalling, that her untiring zeal and commitment manifested even during her illness, Wright said “during this heavy battle, she was constantly informing and advising me on issues or concerns, that she felt should be of importance to the communities prosperity, and needs of all types, whether educational or health related would be addressed.”
My codefendant and nationally known political and social activist, Ben Chavis said of my mother, “We were all imprisoned, but the fire of Mrs.Moores spirit helped keep our... our faith in God strong. I will always remember the night the Wilmington Journal was dynamited; I was sitting at Mrs. Moores’ kitchen table. After hearing and feeling the loud blast, without hesitation we rushed to the scene of the blast. Mr. Tom Jervay, Sr. was standing in front of the blasted building, and Mrs. Moore said “We are not going to let them scare us. Bombing our community’s newspaper will not silence us.” That was my mother, like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, like Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. Dolores F. Moore will always be remembered as one of those brave and courageous African American Women, who made a difference in the world around them, who “refused to remain silent in the face of injustice.” This book is my attempt to honor her legacy. She said in a documentary on the Wilmington 10. “Wayne would never speak up about what was happening to him.“I had no choice but to step forward.” Mother you left Wilmington and the world better than you found it. When I was lost you helped me find my way back home. When I was weak you lifted me up, when the jaws of injustice and persecution swallowed me up, you boldly and courageously freed me. Just like you taught me, I will never forget to hold my head high, to be bold in the face of injustice, to love even my enemies, and that it is always better to give than to receive. Your shoes I cannot fill, but I promise that I’ll walk courageously in your footsteps.
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