50 Years Later, the Unsolved Murder of a Baltimore Civil Rights Activist Inspires a Song

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William Lewis Moore
William Lewis Moore

Back in June, the Baltimore Sun reported that the FBI was closing its case on the yet-unsolved 1963 murder of Baltimore postal worker William Lewis Moore. Moore was shot and killed on his one-march from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., to personally deliver a request to the governor of Mississippi to end his support for racial segregation. On his walk, he wore a sandwich sign that read “Equal Rights for All.”

The story so affected Baltimore County Public Schools teacher Joe DeFilippo wrote a song commemorating Moore’s sacrifice. He recorded it with the R.J. Philips Band.

DeFilippo hopes his song, “400 Miles,” will get “the public familiar with the heroism and commitment of William Moore, and those like him.”

It certainly worked on me! This is the first I had heard about him.



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