Tribute to Bessie B. Moore
The Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education, established in 1978, was named to Honor Bessie Boehm Moore. Bessie founded the Arkansas Council on Economic Education and fostered its development into one of the pre-emanate councils in the nation. In the early years, she raised money, recruited the teachers, developed the program, and conducted the workshops in a manner that was much admired throughout the country. Bessie has inspired and had a seminal influence on virtually everyone involved in economic education in Arkansas and in much of the rest of the nation as well. The national leadership award given annually to the outstanding economic educator in the U.S. is named the Bessie Moore award. Bessie molded the program so that her imprint is on all that we do today. Any success that the current program has experienced is rooted in the work of Bessie Moore. As a tribute to Bessie Moore, the underlying mission of the center is to train and inspire teachers so that ultimately young people will understand the economic world in which they live and fully participate in it. We can honor her legacy no better way.
Reflections on Bessie Moore by Tom Dillard, published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Read Here.