Many people have words they live by, and for Luetta Leverette Moore, it was these: "Don't believe you're better than anyone else, but always believe you are as good as anyone."
She instilled these words into her own seven children and all of the other ones who flocked around her as she served as an assistant scout leader.
As a young child, she was always curious and growing up in a family of thirteen taught her how to get along well with people of all ages and groups, especially young children.
As a born leader, Moore was strong at heart. This inner strength helped her to support her family by herself in 1947, when a house fire severely injured her husband. She was determined not to succumb to welfare, so she took a variety of jobs to support her family financially.
In the midst of her hardship, many heard her say: "Don't ever say ‘I can't or won't do this or that.' If you need to, you can do anything."
Moore moved to Bulloch County in 1940. She was a native of Wilkes County and attended Savannah State College to become a teacher, yet she made the ultimate sacrifice of giving up her studies in 1956 at the request of the Statesboro Recreation Director, Max Lockwood, who hired her to organize a recreation program at the present-day historical Blitch Street Center.
She will always be remembered for the positive influence that she had on the African American community. If it had not been for Mrs. Luetta Leverette Moore, many local children would never have had the opportunity to participate in the recreational opportunities afforded by the Blitch Street Center, recently renamed the Luetta Moore Park in her honor.
Rontavius Washington is a student at Statesboro High School.