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Queen Mother Moore – press release

The Iberia African American Historical Society
P.O. Box 9923
New Iberia LA 70562
info@iaahsonline.org

The Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS) was recently awarded a Rebirth Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host the Queen Mother Moore Legacy Symposium and Celebration to honor Audley Moore (Queen Mother Moore) life on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.  The date is on her 124th birthday. This is the first time that a commemoration program will be done in her honor where she was born in New Iberia, LA.

Audley Moore, known as Queen Mother Moore, was a pan-Africanist, civil rights activist, theorist, African liberation leader, and educator born in New Iberia, LA on July 27, 1898. She is considered a mother of the Pan-African Liberation Movement and a founder of the reparation movement. In addition, her role signifies the importance of black women in nation-building initiatives. She founded multiple organizations like the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women, which shared principles of Garveyism and Pan-Africanism. Moore advocated against lynching, a common vigilante tool used to suppress Africans Americans’ economic growth and citizenship, equal housing, Africa’s decolonialization, and better education initiatives for black children. She was an advocate for reparations that encouraged African Americans to receive compensation from the United States for years of violence and discrimination they experienced leading to the H.R. 40 Bill pushed by organizations like National African American Reparations Commission.  She was a founder of the Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S., a founder of the African American Cultural Foundation, president of the federation of African People, Slaves, a founder of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church of North and South America, founder of the Harriet Tubman Association, a founder of the Republic of New Afrika, and a life-time member of the National Council of Negro Women appointed by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Queen Mother Moore is celebrated globally with honors from Ghana and humanitarian friendships with Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela. There was even a school named after her in London.

The all-day celebration features our key event introduced by Dr. Phebe Hayes, the IAAHS president, a symposium that will be a live-streamed panel discussion featuring leading scholars on Queen Mother Moore, Reparations, and Preservation initiatives of African Americans:

  • Ashley Farmer, Ph.D., Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at University of Texas Austin – she is currently finishing a biography on Queen Mother Moore and has written extensively about her life.
  • Akinyele Umoja, Ph.D., is a Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University – he has not only written about Queen Mother Moore and the Reparation Movement, but also worked closely with her as her mentee.
  • Cassie S. Turnipseed, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of History at Jackson State University -she is a leading scholar in African American public history, the preservation of civil rights activists in the South, and radical pan-African initiatives.

The day’s events will also include a walking tour of Main Street highlighting the African American history of New Iberia introduced by Jayd Buteaux, MA, Marketing and Program Manager at the Shadows on the Teche Museum and events organizer. There will be a discussion at Da Berry Fresh Market on black business development with Mr. Carl Cooper, market manager and President of the Envision Da Berry not-for-profit. Tiffany Caesar, Ph.D., Margaret Walker Center Mellon Scholar and the Queen Mother Moore Legacy Symposium and Celebration project director, will also perform her original children’s story about Queen Mother Moore. Closing ceremony will take place at the Sliman Theatre for the Performing Arts led by Mr. John Reedom, a local professor and historian of New Iberia. We have already secured support from local and international organizations. Also, more organizations continue to show interest in participation. Affiliates Supporting Organizations as of now include the Nelson Mandela Museum, Margaret Walker Center, Ernest Gaines Center, Shadows-on-the-Teche and. Envision Da Berry.

In addition to educating the community about Queen Mother Moore through the symposium, the IAAHS will create a digital archive on Queen Mother Moore on the organization’s website. The final goal includes placing a historic marker in New Iberia in Fall 2022 to encourage the permanence of her historical contribution to not only New Iberia, but the world. Please contact Dr. Tiffany Caesar for more information at tiffany.d.caesar@jsums.edu.

Content Source:

Queen Mother Moore: First Lady of Reparations – Africology: The Journal of Pan-African Studies

Funding for 2021 Rebirth grants has been administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please contact Dr. Tiffany Caesar at tiffany.d.caesar@jsums.edu for more information.