FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation Inc. awarded three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in memory of the late Fort Lauderdale city commissioner and lifetime champion of African-American rights who passed away last year.
“Education is the pathway to success in our country and in our community – and this is especially important for people of color,” said Becky Jones, foundation chair. “We are delighted to offer this scholarship in memory of Commissioner Moore. I’m certain he would be pleased to know that we are paying tribute to him by helping deserving students in their quest to earn a college degree.”
Moore was 60 years old when he died on April 2, 2014, from the complications of a stroke he suffered on Christmas Day, 2013.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Moore attended Dillard High School and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School. In addition to serving for more than 20 years on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, he was president to the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the NAACP.
This is the first year that the scholarships have been awarded, Jones said. Recipients, who were selected based on their grade point average, community service and writing skills, include:
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- Caila Comrie, a Fort Lauderdale High School senior who plans to attend the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando and major in criminal justice. She is the daughter of Cecile Comrie.
- Iman Nayton, a Fort Lauderdale High School senior who plans to attend Florida International University (FIU) in Miami and major in information systems. She is the daughter of Richea Aba El Kheir.
- Terrell Nelson, a Dillard High School senior who plans to attend Florida A & M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, and major in business. He is the grandson of Theresa Nelson.
“Each winner epitomizes the spirit of Commissioner Moore, whose favorite saying was, ‘When wishing won’t work, work will,’” Jones said. “We hope they will continue to work hard to achieve their dreams, make their community proud and honor the commissioner’s memory by being successful and helping the next generation to succeed, as well.”
For more information about the scholarship and upcoming fundraising events, contact the foundation at Carltonbmoorefreedomfoundation@yahoo.com.
About the Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation Inc.:
The Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation, Inc. was established in 2014 and is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. It was created to honor the memory of Fort Lauderdale Com-missioner Carlton Moore by awarding scholarships to students in the Fort Lauderdale community and helping in-mates who may have been treated unfairly because of mandatory minimum sentencing. Foundation board members include: Becky Jones, chair; Ada Moore, honorary chair; Forrest Moore, vice chairman; Afrah Hamin, recording secretary; Delores McKinley, treasurer; Ernestine Williams, par-liamentarian; Pamela Adams, Keith Allen, Mikal Hamin, Kenneth Gibbs, Kenitha Gilliam, Earnestine Hamersham, Earlene Striggles Horne, Cora Johnson, Johnny Jones, Cynthia McDonald, DeNese Moore, Dennis Moore, Sam Morrison, Laura Richardson, Dianne Shuller, Michelle Stoney and Cheryl Wilcox.