Hundreds packed the cafeteria at to officially dedicate the building and honor the life of its namesake—Robbie Susan Moore.
“She is very deserving of this dedication,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Not only because of her Lawrenceville residency, but because she lived her faith, she loved her family, and she always sought to educate.”
Born in Winder in 1942, Moore moved to Lawrenceville after marrying her husband Eron Moore, Jr. in 1962. Moore was a pillar in the Gwinnett community—working with several non-profits, co-founding the United Ebony Society and organizing the Miss Black Gwinnett pageants are just part of her long list of community involvement.
Moore served as a mentor to many, including Kiara Rogers. Rogers is now in the eighth grade at the middle school. Rogers said Moore positively impacted three generations of women in her family, having grown up with her grandmother, encouraging her mother to enter the Miss Black Gwinnett pageant, and teaching her how to sew. “Mrs. Moore was a positive and influential inspiration to me,” Rogers told the crowd. “She would talk to me and encourage me while we sewed together. She was a good role model to me about what leadership and friendship mean in both your neighborhood and community.”
Moore also worked to bring the and program to Gwinnett County. GCPS Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks said it was probably no coincidence that the . “I’m not sure that it was an accident that the hurricane came to New York and postponed the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial on the Washington mall which is occurring as we speak,” said Wilbanks. “Susan may have ordered these two things to occur at the same time,” he added as the crowd laughed in agreement.
“For many months we before its’ completion,” told the crowd. “We worked to hire a dedicated staff that would bring passion and enthusiasm for learning in the classroom every day. We filled the school with furniture and technology, resources for learning. But it wasn’t until Monday, August 8th, 2011, that Moore Middle School became more than just a facility, it became a school. On that special day, 860 smiling, eager and curious students embarked on a journey of learning at Moore Middle School.”
Moore’s husband Eron watched the ceremony with elation as the community honored his late wife.
At the end of the ceremony, Carlton Rouse of the Minority Bar Association presented Mays with a plaque to hang in the new school, describing just part of the legacy Moore left to the community.
Rouse also presented the school with a portrait of Moore that Mays said exemplified the excellence Mrs. Moore modeled.