Isaac Moore

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Moore, Jr. graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles and then attended the University of Southern California.

Inspired by Thurgood Marshall and a desire to return to Colorado, he applied to and was accepted at the University of Colorado Law School. Amid racial injustices (sleeping in a coal shed and receiving little help from the faculty), Moore, Jr. graduated on 12 June 1949. He is recognized as the second African American to graduate from the CU Law School. After passing the Colorado Bar Exam, Moore was admitted to practice on Sept. 13, 1949.

A strong proponent of social justice, he sought to bring about change as a member of the Colorado State Legislature. Moore served in the House from 1957-1960 and 1964-1966. During his tenure, Moore, along with former Lieutenant Governor George Brown (at the time, a state senator), co-sponsored some of the strongest civil rights laws in the nation on fair housing, open records, fair employment, and prison work release. Moore was the sponsor of an historic bill giving individuals the right to counsel following an arrest - even before the U.S. Supreme Court's Miranda decision. He was particularly proud of his sponsorship of a bill legislating the right of different races to marry in Colorado. Other bills he passed include the non-segregation of cemeteries, the creation of restraining orders outside of divorce action, and blood tests in paternity suits.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, was founder of LARASA (the Latin American Research and Service Agency), and a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Ethics Committee, the Tophatters, and both the Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.

After retiring on Aug. 20, 1998, Moore, Jr. moved to Memphis with Alfreda Ingram Moore, his second wife. (Moore's first wife was the late Dorothy Williams Moore.) He died on Oct. 16, 2003.

Courtesy: Donnie L. Betts and Denver Public Library

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