The vision of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. is to utilize positive actions that continuously educate, engage and collaborate with Gwinnett County residents in order to build a stronger community that embraces the diversity of Gwinnett County.
The mission of the United Ebony Society Of Gwinnett County Inc., is to make a positive difference in the lives of all residents of Gwinnett County by strengthening and promoting community awareness and involvement. In collaboration with community members, educational leaders, religious leaders, business leaders, and elected political officials, the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc., will provide current information on topics that impact and influence the community as a whole. The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. strongly believes that positive change can and will occur through community service, educational outreach, the building of respectful relationships, and by engaging community members in positive, interactive events such as historical celebrations, recognition of community members, seminars, and political forums.
Ebony society bus tour
Marlene Taylor-Crawford, Ed.S.
Dedra Walker-Howard, MS. Ed
Why the United Ebony Society
In 1984, a group of residents concerned about the greatly publicized fact that
“Gwinnett County was one of the fastest growing counties in the nation,” set out to ensure that as an informed people we would be included in the full progress of the county, and that this growth would make a positive impact on our community.
We believed then, and we believe now, that positive change will only come through positive action; and positive action comes from positive thinking people.
What We Do
In cooperation with the community, educational, religious leaders, industry leaders, and elected political officials, the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc., provides an educational scholarship and current information on topics that effect and influence our lives through the following means:
- Historical Celebrations
- Political Forums
- Community Workshops
- African American Bus Tours
- Instrumental in getting all cities in Gwinnett County to recognize the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Local city government agencies are closed on this day.
- First organization to host a Dr. King Day Parade in Gwinnett County on the National Holiday. 2020 will mark 20 years in Lawrenceville, GA
- First organization to host a community Juneteenth Celebration
- The Gwinnett County Public Schools has named Moore Middle School in honor of Robbie Susan Moore in August 2011.
- United Ebony Society Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship for college-bound Gwinnett County Public School seniors.
- Inducted in the Gwinnett County Inaugural Preservation Hall of Month
- First organization to host an African American Bus Tour in Gwinnett County
- Recipient of several Proclamations from Gwinnett County Government and Georgia State House
- Annually Black History Month display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center
Robbie Susan Moore
September 28, 1942 – July 26, 2008
Co-Founder and Third President
Robbie Susan Moore was a co-founder of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County which was created in 1984 with several other African American community activists. She was the wife of the late Eron Moore Jr. Robbie served as president of the United Ebony Society for 24 years, until her death in 2008.
As President, Robbie was instrumental in getting all cities in Gwinnett County to recognize the National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To bring the community together in celebration of Dr. King’s life. In 1999, Robbie established and organized an annual march and program, which still takes place today in Lawrenceville. It is now a parade and celebration. The parade includes government officials, community activists and volunteers, together with representatives and students from Gwinnett Public School System. Robbie was also the driving force behind The United Ebony Society hosting an annual Black History Display starting in the early 1990’s in the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center during Black History Month each February.
Robbie’s history of community involvement began in 1964, when she joined the University of Georgia Extension Service as a teacher’s aide. She organized the Concerned Citizens Group to talk about issues in the community such as voter registration and education. She was a member of the League of Women Voters of Gwinnett County and worked for many years as a deputy voter registrar. Robbie was one of the first black poll managers in Gwinnett County. In 1986, she became the president of the Lawrenceville Middle School PTA. She served as a Boy Scout troop leader and organized the Miss Black Gwinnett pageant for young black girls between the ages of 3 to 18 years old.
Robbie served on the boards of several organizations, including the United Way, the Gwinnett County Board of Education Human Relations Council, the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, the Advisory Board of Gwinnett County Schools, the Executive Board of the Gwinnett chapter of the NAACP, and the Poplar Hill Church Scholarship Program.
Robbie was the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her service.
To honor the memory of Robbie Susan Moore, Gwinnett County opened in August 2011 Moore Middle School. The school is located in Lawrenceville where so much of Robbie’s community activism took place. The school is on the land Eron Moore grew up on.
The United Ebony Society salutes the pioneering spirit of Robbie Susan Moore and is dedicated to continuing in her footsteps serving the residents of Gwinnett County.
Eron Moore, Jr.
August 29, 1937- December 30, 2016
A native of Gwinnett County, Eron Moore, Jr. was born in Dacula, GA on August 29, 1937 to the late Mrs. Leila Bell Hall Moore and Mr. Eron Moore, Sr. as the eldest of eight children.
After graduating from Hooper-Renwick High School in Lawrenceville, GA, Eron went to work for Baggett Oil Company and later after that General Motors Corporation, where he worked for 30 years until retiring. He worked for the Gwinnett County Public School System. Eron married his wife, Robbie Susan Teasley on Christmas of 1962, and they remained happily married until her death in July 2008.
Eron was a member of Christ the King Baptist Church at Appalachee in Dacula, GA for over 60 years. There, he served as Church Secretary, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher and Vice President of the Usher Board. He was a member of the Masons, a founding member of the Gwinnett County UNCF Committee, the NAACP, Central Gwinnett High School LSAC, the GCPS Human Relations Committee, and a founding member of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. servings as President and Vice-President at various times.
He served as Chairman of the City of Lawrenceville Zoning Board of Appeals, where in 1981 he was the first African-American to serve on that board. He was the first African-American appointed to a county decision making board as a Planning Commissioner for Gwinnett County in 1990. Also, he served as a Gwinnett County Jury Commissioner.
In 1984, he became a founding member of the Gwinnett County Girls Club, which was merged with the Boys Club of America in 1990 to become the Boys and Girls Club of America, where he has served as Secretary and on various committees until his passing.
He was recognized and awarded for loyal service and accomplishment by a number of organizations including the Assembly of Baha’is of North Gwinnett, the NAACP, and the Boys & Girls Club of America. In 2007, he was named as one of Gwinnett Magazine’s “People to Know”. A Georgia Resolution was presented posthumously to honor the life and legacy of Eron Moore, Jr. by State Senator P.K. Martin on April 29, 2017.