How Standing for Civil Rights Led This Alumni Award Recipient to UMKC

Rev. Carl Moore (BME ’68) shares his journey through music, business and faith
Reverend Carl Moore sits in the pews of a church

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni with an awards celebration. UMKC is honoring Rev. Carl Moore (BME ’68) with its Class of 2023 Defying the Odds Award.

Rev. Moore arrived in Kansas City in 1960 after one year at Alabama State College. During his time there, he was arrested for protesting racially inequality and not allowed to return to school. His mother put him on a train to Kansas City which led him to enroll in the University of Missouri–Kansas City that fall.

Moore graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music with a degree in music education to embark on a career as a high school teacher, a business executive for IBM, as well as a senior pastor for over 24 years.

How did UMKC prepare you for/contribute to your success?

UMKC provided wonderful, caring and encouraging professors; I met great people and lifelong friends, assuring me that I had something to offer the world.

What has music meant to your life?

Music is a unifying force, generating love, happiness, a calming influence and a sense of joy. Music has stirred the deepest emotions in my life.

How do you believe young people can make a difference in their communities?

Young people can make a difference by focusing on education, making good choices, being role models and by setting high, but realistic, goals for their lives.

What advice do you have for students who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Students need to know “they can.” Paul, the Gospel writer, said, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

Published: Feb 15, 2023
Posted In: Honors and Awards

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