Carlton Bradley Moore: A soldier in the Army of civil rights
Carlton Moore Mourners’ Quotes:
Rev. Dr. Rosalind Osgood- The New Mount Olive Baptist Church
“Carlton B Moore was a proud product of the 33311. He was a role model and mentor for many of us. He fought relentlessly for the least of thee. I will never forget how Moore helped my grandmother get me into BARC to get help with my addiction. Moore always believed in me. I was blessed with a job at the Broward League of Cities through him. He started grooming me for public office 13 years ago by appointing me to the City’s Parks and Recreation Board then to the CRA Board then to the Economic Development Board. Moore was very tenacious. He was determined to revitalize Sistrunk. I remember him organizing and recruiting families to rid the community of drugs. We marched every Friday evening for months. Moore was the best. He was a special leader. He was our Nehemiah. He was committed to rebuilding the walls of District 3. He created opportunities for many of us. He lived and taught the 5 W’s every day. When Wishing Won’t Work Will. Carlton B. Moore R.I.P.”
Chief Jimmy Brown- Radio Talk Show Host, HOT 105 (Hot Talks)
“Carlton Moore helped me make Fort Lauderdale and Broward County a better place for all of its citizens. His legacy of dedication and commitment will live on and continue to inspire future generations.”
Rev. Josephus Eggelletion- First Baptist Church Piney Grove
“In his 1947 novel, The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison wrote, ‘I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and it might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible simply be-cause people refuse to see me.’ Carlton let the entrenched of power in Fort Lauderdale know that he refused to be invisible, that the community he represented refused to continue being invisible. He worked hard to empower his community, and his efforts helped to sustain hope for social, political, economic, and moral justice for those whom he was elected to represent. His leadership and service will be deeply missed.”
Floyd Johnson- Former City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Manager
“Two words come to my mind when I think about Carlton-strength and character; his sincerity and wanting to do the right thing by and for his fellowman – his courage to pursue what is right in spite of the odds. Carlton was a friend of the Fort Lauderdale community and to all Floridians who are committed to improving the plight of the less fortunate-to those in need of assistance. As an elected official, Carlton was one of the first to support an organization of appointed Black officials that started in 1983 and became nationally recognized as the national forum for Black Public Administrators. He attended many conferences across the country from Florida to California and became a fixture in the minds of those who attended. For those who knew him Carl-ton always will be respected for his contributions.”
Art Kennedy- Chief of Staff U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Congressional Office
“Carlton was like another son. We were both mentored by the late William Dandy. We adopted his philosophy of ‘You have to have a crisis’ to get results. Some crises come about on their own and others you have to create. Carlton handled both very well. I will miss our early morning and late night phone calls.”
Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose
“Commissioner Moore was so much more than an elected official; he was a father to many of us in the Northwest community. I remember him as the president of the NAACP when I was in the youth council. He was always a leader and encouraged many of us who are currently serving as elected officials to be leaders, and not just any leader, but a leader with integrity, grit, and a true sense of wanting to make our community and city a better place for everyone. His voice, passion and dedication to the Northwest will be missed. Our hearts are heavy and we will continue to pray for his family during this time of bereavement.”
Dorsey Miller, Jr. – President D.C. Miller & Associates
“Carlton was one of the great leaders of our time. He was a visionary who dared to turn his visions into reality. He was re-lentless in his commitment to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Ft. Lauderdale. His efforts to change the Sistrunk Corridor will continue to yield tremendous dividends. Carlton Moore’s 20 years as a City Commissioner will impact the lives of the people of Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County for generations to come. I am proud and honored to call him friend!”
George Burrows, Sr., a community pioneer, 66 year business owner of Burrows Electric Co, and a 12 year City of Fort Lauderdale Advisory Board member during Com-missioner Moore’s tenure stated:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of our former commissioner and my friend Carton Moore. He was indeed a leader in our community and a beacon of hope that many looked to for guidance in our community. I witnessed Carlton year after year fighting re-lentlessly for the long overdue attention and redevelopment of our community. His dedication and perseverance in our struggle for community improvement laid the foundation for the redevelopment we see and enjoy today including but not limited to the Sylvia Aldridge – Seventh Avenue Branch Post office, The Avenue of the Arts Shopping Plaza, and the Sistrunk Blvd Road Redesign & Beautification.
As President of the Fort Lauderdale Negro Chamber of Commerce I am especially indebted to Former Commissioner Moore for his leadership and assistance in the construction of the brand new Fort Lauderdale Negro Chamber of Commerce office building. The Negro Chamber of Commerce had been operating in our original office building built in the early 1950’s until Com-missioner Moore made it possible for us to get a new office building erected in 2002. Commissioner Moore shared the vision and mission of the Chamber of Commerce to redevelop and empower our community. I am assured that we all will be comforted by our memories of this great leader and the visible evidence of his legacy which is very much alive and ever growing in our community today.”
Jonathon Allen, Lauderdale Lakes City Manager
“Carlton’s passing is a great loss for the NFBPA National Chapters as well as the local community. He was a public servant and mentor for me and many other public administrators across the nation.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) “Carlton Moore was a mentor, a friend, and, above all, a surrogate father for me. We first began working together when he was the president of the Fort Lauderdale branch of the NAACP. My mom was the secretary and I was very active in the organization’s Youth Council. He taught me the values of hard work, dedication and commitment to my community.
“Carlton is wholly responsible for my political career. One year out of FSU Law School, he appointed me to the City of Ft. Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board. He convinced me to run for the Florida House of Representatives, and remained a constant political and personal advisor to me.
“Fort Lauderdale is a better place because of the tireless work he did as NAACP president to bring economic and social justice to the city. From downtown development to beautification and revitalization of Sistrunk Boulevard, his legacy will forever stand as one of the finest commissioners ever to have served our community.
“The City of Fort Lauderdale, the state of Florida, and this nation have lost a tireless servant. And I have lost a great friend.”
U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings –
“It is not often that you come across the likes of Carlton Moore. I observed him throughout his ascent from being a community activist to become one of South Florida’s most influential elected officials in modern history. As he grew politically he never lost touch with those most in need of someone to speak truth to power. Broward County will continue to reap the benefits of Carlton’s efforts for many years to come.”
Rev. Levi Henry, Jr.-
“Carlton Moore was a fine young man who I knew would do great things and go far in life from a young age. He firmly believed in the struggle and was not afraid to confront injustice wherever and whenever it occurred. I know that Carlton would want us to continue being a part of the struggle for human dignity to insure that his life’s work would not have been in vain.”