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Acel Moore

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Stephen McKiernan


Moore, Acel

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Acel Moore (1940-2016) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who began his career with the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He began as a copy clerk in 1962 and worked his way toward becoming a staff writer from 1rom 1968-1981.  In 1979, Moore won the Pennsylvania Bar Association Scale of Justice Award for his series on the juvenile court system.  During this time he also co-hosted a TV show called Black Perspectives on the News on Philadelphia WHYY Public Television.  In 1973, Moore won the Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting for his series on abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital.  From 1980-1989, he served on the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley where he administered the school's summer program for minority journalists.  Through the years he also was a faculty member at Temple University and Florida A & M University.  Moore lectured at many colleges all over America and directed recruitment, training, and staff development at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he was Associate Editor and member of the prestigious editorial board.  Acel Moore founded the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 1975 and was honored with the NABJ 2005 Legacy Award.  In 1984, he also created the Journalism Career Development Workshop that trained dozens of Philadelphia high school students,  The program continues today in his honor. He was the recipient of many honors right through his retirement in 2004.  





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Baby boom generation; Human rights movement; Civil Rights Movement; Nineteen sixties; Vietnam War; Tom Hayden; Jane Fonda; John F. Kennedy; Robert F. Kennedy.


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