Born in South Carolina in 1912, Mr. Dave Moore became of the leaders in the equal pay movement in Detroit. Moore began working in Detroit in the 1930’s after moving to the city with his parents. He worked in the early days at Ford Motor Company in the foundry for the company, exposing himself to the soot and residue from a long day’s work. In 1932, Moore helped organize the Ford Hunger March to pressure the company for jobs, food, housing during the bitter winter, and access to the Ford hospital for free health care.
In the late 1930’s, Moore would join the likes of (future Detroit Mayor) Coleman Young and the Rev. Charles Hill in petitioning the Company to grant equal pay to its black employees.Henry Ford was vehemently opposed to unionizing. during a UAW strike, Moore and Young persuaded black workers loyal to Henry Ford to join the strike at the company’s River Rouge plant. Moore’s efforts were successful and the Black and White workers were able to create the United Auto workers Local 600, which was the first integrated Local for the union. Moore rose through the ranks to become local president, until during the McCarthy era, he was labeled a Communist and pushed out. Moore later was able to clear his name, and resume his post as President. Moore left the post, and worked for Congressman George Crockett and the Young, who became the first black Mayor of Detroit.