The Bomb Heard Around the World

A discussion was recently held at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale about the book, “The Bomb Heard Around the World,” which details the life and murder of Harry and Harriette Moore.

Harry T. Moore was killed Christmas Day 1951 in an act of racial terrorism. His wife, Harriette, died nine days after a thunderous explosion lifted their house of its foundation, while they slept.

Walter T. Shaw, who spearheaded the publishing of the book,“The Bomb Heard Around The World, recently explained the history behind the book, talked about the author Gregory Marquette, and the relevance of this story to the civil rights movement today. Shaw, founder of Top Cat II Productions Publishing Group, spoke at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale for an hour where he told the story and how the book “The Bomb Heard Around The World” came to be. He was a part of a Q&A segment as well.

The audience contributed comments to the conversation about racial inequality in Florida during the 1950s. Harry Moore founded the Brevard County, NAACP chapter and was president of the state chapter.

“I think it was hard for Henry T. Moore at that time to recruit people into the NAACP because the Klan was absolutely fearless,” said someone from the audience. “And Harry T. Moore knew the [Ku Klux] Klan was after him because they were chasing him all the time, while he was trying to register people to vote,” he added.

Others who were also present in support of “The Bomb heard Around The World” were Ted Vernon, owner of Ted Vernon’s Specialty Automobiles, and moderator of the event, and Curtis and Pearl Mozie.

“The Bomb Heard Around The World” chronicles an era of savage racism, murder, lynchings, police corruption and controversial crime investigations in Florda.

When former Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, reopened this criminal case, it allowed his team to finally draw important conclusions and expose important pieces of evidence which were not available in earlier investigations. This book carries the reader back to 1951, when Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, were murdered. Their assassinations were part of an on-going crime wave, targeting Black Americans, Catholics and Jews in "Jim Crow" Florida. The media at that time labeled the series of bombings: “Florida Terror.”

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