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Tiffany T. Hamelin

civil rights activist, was born on the Wilkin plantation in Grenada County, Mississippi. He was the grandson of a former slave who had accumulated remarkable wealth and land that was eventually lost during the Great Depression. Moore worked alongside his family as a sharecropper when his mother died unexpectedly in 1925, leaving the fourteen-year-old on his own while his father took custody of his younger brother and sister. Amzie then traveled from the hill country of his birth to the Mississippi Delta to find work picking cotton in order to provide himself food and shelter and an education. Moore attended Stone Street High School in Greenwood, Mississippi, from 1926 to 1929, before settling in Cleveland to begin his lengthy career with the U.S. Post Office, a tenure that was interrupted in 1942 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Like many African American veterans of World ...