JCUA Mourns the Passing of Public Housing Leader Barbara Moore, and Celebrates Her Legacy

Barbara Moore

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs mourns the passing of Barbara Moore, a strong public housing leader and a valued JCUA partner. Ms. Moore passed away on August 10, 2012.

Barbara Moore graduated from Carver High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and lived in the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago’s south side for over 40 years. Ms. Moore was the building president of 5266 at Robert Taylor Homes for over 20 years, was the vice president of the local advisory council of Robert Taylor “B,”  and was a board member of We The People Media.

Ms. Moore was also a leader and board member of God’s Gang – a youth run organization providing positive programs in public housing.  In the early 2000s, JCUA partnered with God’s Gang to fight for the rights of the residents and especially the youth who operated the activities of God’s Gang. JCUA assisted God’s Gang in successfully suing  CHA for displacing God’s Gang from the Robert Taylor Homes, thus ensuring the continuity of programs following displacement.

Youth in God’s Gang meeting

Ms. Moore was also involved with the Coalition to Protect Public Housing since its inception, and spoke out against the CHA’s “Plan for Transformation.” Ms. Moore received numerous honors and awards from the Center for New Horizons, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Coalition to Protect Public Housing, and the Chicago Housing Authority.

Read a 2006 interview in the Chicago Reporter with Barbara Moore here.

Barbara Moore will be missed, and her legacy will endure in the hearts and the work of all those who seek racial and economic justice in Chicago. As Jews who mourn a loved one who has passed, we say: Yehi Zichra Baruch (“May her memory be for a blessing”).

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