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)
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.
Original article @ https://www.aaihs.org/audley-moore-and-the-modern-reparations-movement/
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.
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.
Original article @ https://www.aaihs.org/remembering-queen-mother-moore/
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.
Original article @ https://reparationscomm.org/people-you-should-know/who-is-queen-mother-moore/
Link to NAARC National African American Reparations Commission
Audley “Queen Mother” Moore (1985) video interview by E. Menelick Pinto (26 Minutes)
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!
AUDIO INTERVIEW CLIPS
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.