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From the Miami Herald archives, a tale about Carlton Moore

An interesting anecdote about Carlton Moore -- the former Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner who died today -- from a Feb. 3, 1985 Miami Herald article shortly after he became the local NAACP president:

During a meeting with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Robert Dressler, Moore sat patiently while other blacks complained mildly about trash, abandoned houses and drug dealers in their neighborhoods.

Then it was Moore's turn. He blasted Dressler for the city's neglect of its black neighborhoods.

He had his say, then walked out.

"I felt (Dressler's meeting with black residents) was a political stunt, and I didn't want to accept it," said Moore, relaxing in a recliner in his modest Fort Lauderdale duplex.

"The mayor doesn't have a white leaders' meeting. Why do we need a black leaders' meeting? What we want is to be part of the mainstream."

As for walking out, Moore said he wasn't angry. He had to rush to another appointment.