United Ebony Society president Robbie Moore dies at 65

LAWRENCEVILLE - Civil rights activist and community leader Robbie Susan Moore died Saturday after a long bout with breast cancer.

She was 65.

Moore, who was known for her unwavering commitment to equality and the civil rights movement, was born and raised in Barrow County and moved to Lawrenceville after marrying her husband, Eron.

As a founding member and president of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Moore pushed to preserve Martin Luther King Jr.'s message by establishing a day of remembrance. As a result of her efforts, all 13 municipalities within Gwinnett now recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

State Rep. Melvin Everson, a member of the United Ebony Society, said he'll remember Moore as a uniter.

"Her tenacity to bring people together touched many lives - from elected officials to everyday church-goers," Everson said.

In addition to being an avid supporter of the civil rights movement, Moore was also deeply involved at Hope and Life Fellowship in Snellville.

Joseph McCarty, vice president of the United Ebony Society and longtime friend of Moore, said she was a spiritual leader who knew what it meant to be "a soldier for Christ."

"If she believed a cause would benefit the citizens of Gwinnett County," McCarty said, "she would see it to the end."

The United Ebony Society plans to establish the Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship Fund to commemorate her commitment to Gwinnett County.