Thursday, November 22, 2007
Arvern Moore selected parade grand marshal
This year’s Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. in downtown Holly Springs with Arvern Moore serving as grand marshal.
A well-known community leader and visionary, Moore has dedicated his life to the education of children and providing family services as head of ICS Head Start.
With Head Start since its inception in August 1967, Moore has served as executive director for all years except in 1980-1981 when he took a year’s leave to serve as executive director of Mississippi Action for Progress Head Start Program in Jackson.
Before coming to Head Start, Moore taught physics and chemistry and coached basketball and baseball in the public school system.
He has served terms as president of the Mississippi Head Start Association, of Region IV Head Start Association and the National Head Start Association.
He is a member of the Marshall County Chapter of the NAACP and was president of the chapter in 1973-1975.
Moore is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.
He graduated from Mississippi Industrial College and earned a master’s from Tuskegee Institute. He also studied at Murray State College, the University of Arizona, Memphis State University, and Southern University. In 1999, Moore was awarded an honorary doctorate from Rust College.
A member of Anderson Chapel C.M.E. Church in Holly Springs, Moore chairs the Empowering Us To Help Us Committee. The empowering program provides educational programs for African-American families, tutorial programs, economic development opportunities for families, and encourages families to patronize black businesses, and to register and vote. The program also provided child care centers and promotes entrepreneurship.
Fannie Lampley, director of communications at ICS said, “Many parents have shared their stories with Moore, and thanked him for his caring and nurturing ways. With tears he softly states, ‘That’s what we are all about.’ ”
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