Audley (Queen Mother) Moore Public Archive

Audley Moore – Black

Mother Moore founded several organizations.  With her base in Harlem, she founded and served as president of the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women  in 1950.   In 1963, she founded the Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S. Slaves, and The Republic of New Africa, which demanded self-determination, land, and reparations for African Americans. During the height of the Cold War, Mother Moore presented a petition to the United Nations in 1957 which demanded land and billions in reparations for people of African descent and it requested direct support for African Americans who sought to immigrate to Africa.

While attending the funeral of former Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah in 1972, the Ashanti ethnic group bestowed upon her honorary title “Queen Mother.” In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. honored Queen Mother Moore and 40 other famous black women in Brian Lanker’s photo exhibit, “I Dream a World.”

Mother’s activism continued through the mid-1990s, and she made her final public appearance at the Million Man March in 1995.  On May 2, 1997, Queen Mother Moore passed away at the age of 98 from natural causes in a Brooklyn nursing home.  At the time of her death she was survived by her son, five grandchildren and a great-grandson. (click on photo for complete article)

Audley Moore, Black Women’s Activism, and Nationalist Politics
African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)

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This source covers Queen Mother Moore’s initial interest and insight in Marcus Garvey and her journey to discover her connection to the Caribbean and the West Indies. The work she did with the Communist Party and the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women in the late 1950s.

Audley Moore and the Modern Reparations Movement | AAIHS

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This source discusses Queen Mother Moore as a pioneer in reparations for black Americans within the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women. Her arguments for welfare include abandonment by white fathers and educational setbacks due to chattel slavery.

Somebody Has to Pay: Audley Moore, Mother of the Reparations Movement | AAIHS

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In “Why Reparations”, Mother Moore defined reparations, established a historical basis for restitution, and laid out her program for payment distribution. The Louisiana-born activist, cited payments from West Germany and Finland, as well as the United States’ compensation of Japanese Americans, as evidence that reparations were standard practice.

Remembrances of Queen Mother Moore | AAIHS

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This article is about Mother Moore’s lasting impressions. It covers how she influenced activists in various movements. It is a compilation of quotes by people who met her and were made better for it. It is riddled with testimonials of interactions that called people to intense activism. She inspired people to become proud and confident in their blackness. She was truly a mother. She instilled confidence into blackness itself.

Panel: Reparations Now!

A history of reparations movements and the approaches Black leaders have taken to repair social and physical damage in their local communities.

San Francisco Public Library – March 2023

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Tiffany Caesar, who grounded the talk in the history of the movement and the work of “Queen Mother” Audley Moore.  Dr. Caesar is a working associate of The Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS).

Dr. Tiffany Caesar calls herself a “Black Woman’s Archivist” due to her ongoing research on the preservation of transnational black women leaders and engagement with public history: Queen Mother Moore, Margaret Walker, and Phyllis Ntantala.

Dr. Caesar served as a Mellon scholar at the Margaret Walker Center and a Faculty Fellow for the Institute for Social Justice and Race Relation at Jackson State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University, Africana Studies Department.  

This program was offered in partnership with the Africana Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

Original page with detailed summary of the well-qualified panel members:

Who is Queen Mother Audley Moore? – NAARC Org

Original article @
Link to NAARC National African American Reparations Commission

Audley “Queen Mother” Moore (1985) video interview by E. Menelick Pinto (26 Minutes)

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This insightful interview addresses her role in reparations and and as the initial signer of the New African Agreement. Interviewed by E. Menelik Pinto, Mother Moore explained the petition, in which she asked for 200 billion dollars to monetarily compensate for 400 years of slavery. The petition also called for compensation to be given to African Americans who wish to return to Africa and those who wish to remain in America.

Early in the interview Audley describes how she gained the title of “Queen Mother,” fighting unjust executions in New Orleans, her first encounter with Marcus Garvey, and the work she did in the 1980s requiring her to carry ammunition!


Audley Moore On Her Life In the CPUSA and Why She Resigned

Mother Moore’s time in the Communist Party and the reasons she left.

Audley Moore On Getting Involved In The Struggle of The 30s

She discusses her involvement in the republican and democratic parties in the 1930s and the reasoning she departed from both parties. She also discusses  the Great Depression and its grave affects in Harlem.

Audley Moore on Black Nationalism & The CPUSA

She discusses her interactions with  Harlem’s Black Nationalists and Integrationists and their differing approaches. She also discusses her inability to reach them and subsequent departure to Detroit.

Original public digital archive curated by Darius Grant, (MA student In History at Jackson State University).
Further edited by local IAAHS staff.