Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Influence of Race and Gender on Leadership

BOND: There’re some people who say if we focus on black leadership that we’re being divisive. Think so?

MOORE: Well, you know, I can tell you that I’m black and I’m a female and I remember making a vow that I would not be stereotyped as a black female, and I got to Madison and about a week later I was a black female because I am who I am. And I bring all those experiences to the table and they are rich, you know. As a woman I have raised kids, you know, I’ve been — the miracle of finding more flour at the bottom of the barrel and being able to make a meal out of it. My greatest accomplishments have come as a result of my experience as being a woman and being a poor woman — being able to juggle and to keep the electricity on and keep a roof over our heads and food in the house. These things are rich experiences that combined with my education, combined with my spirituality, and my own ability to communicate with other people, I think has made me an enriched elected official, something that advances human rights and not just the rights of black people.