Sept. 23, 2016
Dr. Moore was interviewed this morning on WBT radio about talking to children about the police shootings and unrest in Charlotte. [The audio is no longer available.]
On Dr. Moore’s post, Jo Anne Jones replied:
“As I listened to the interview…especially when you were talking about offering music/song to children who may no longer be comfortable with hugs…I pictured you at the piano in a living room in Charlotte some years ago.
“The room was full of diverse people sitting on chairs and couches enjoying your sing-song … while the children in the room were standing all around you at the piano… some waiting to request the next song. I came to the party with my friend Ellen Scarborough, who I was visiting. I didn’t know anyone else there when we arrived.
“I still remember every detail of that joyful evening. The guests were young and old, all colors, several nationalities, numerous religions, likely rich and poor. They all seemed equal as we enjoyed sharing an evening of good conversation, music. mutual respect and love. We all exchanged our stories. It is so important to share music and our stories.
“I remember the evening so well because it represented an ideal world. After discovering that my friend Pam was in the choir you directed at that time, we came to your church the next day and then all went out to eat. I even met some of your family. I am so thankful that Charlotte has you there in times like these, Thomas, to help the children to feel safe and hopeful. When I saw your post Wednesday night …singing “let the peace begin with me” … I just wished that beautiful and soothing voice could ring out all over the city.”
Dr. Moore replied: “Jo Anne Jones, that was a wonderful moment in time. Ella Scarborough was a special dear friend. I am happy to assist in creating community trust-building experiences especially when children are in the room. I continue to create those experiences in Charlotte and Hot Springs. Come join us when you can.”