The nonprofit Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation recently held its first family fun day at Osswald Park. The foundation filled the day with music, games, and activities for the whole family and hosted quality-of-life workshops.
“We wanted to have workshops that deal with issues that specifically pertain to the community. Everything that was planned today encapsulated what he was to the people in the neighborhood,” said Jessica Jolly, organizer and committee member of Carlton B. Moore Foundation.
Carlton Bradley Moore was a Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner. During his time in office, drastic changes took place for the Northwest area of the city. He served as commissioner for over 20 years and performed impressive deeds of service. He died on April 2, 2014, due to complications of a stroke he suffered on Christmas Day in 2013. His name lives on through the foundation.
The Carlton B. Moore Family & Friends day took place on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Fort Lauderdale. A 5k walk and run, a kickball competition, a basketball three-point contest, and live music were part of the day’s activities.
“This event has been brainstormed on for about five years. We were able to bring it to light today with the help of the city of Fort Lauderdale,” said Forrest Moore, vice president of the Carton B. Moore Freedom Foundation and Moore’s youngest son. “This was a memorial for what he was bringing to the city as far as community activism and political prowess.”
According to Moore, about 500 people attended the event. The goal of the Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation is to help inmates who may have been treated unfairly because of mandatory minimum sentencing. The foundation was founded in 2014. Along with helping inmates, the foundation has also given scholarships to students who attend Dillard and Fort Lauderdale High schools. The late Moore attended both schools.
The workshops that were offered on the family fun day were completely free. The topics included homeownership, web design and selling online, and community power.
“We wanted to give back to the community in a real way. There is nothing wrong with having a good time but that's why we made today an all-day event so we could bring education in the situation,” said the younger Moore.
One particular workshop, Jury Service: Our responsibility to each other, discussed the importance of people of color serving on juries. The workshop was lead by Attorney Sue-Ann Robbinson.
“Traditionally, our community is taught or socialize to avoid jury service. The most prominent cases that have happened, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, were decided by juries. A lot of times the community protests but if we are not serving on these juries that find officers not guilty for these brutalities, we don't have room to complain,” said Robinson. In her workshop, Robinson further elaborated that people of color disqualifies themselves from jury service for reasons such as, "I have to watch my grandkids” or “the bible says I can’t judge nobody so I can't serve on the jury.”
“If you are a juror, you are a judge of the facts, not the person. I feel like the narrative of jury service needs to be reframed as the commitment we make to each other,” said Robinson.
Giving people a day of food and fun while sharing practical knowledge on items that matter left the committee members of the freedom foundation satisfied.
“Today, I saw his vision. If he was here, would have taken part in this. This is something he would have been proud of,” said Moore.