"We have not lost her. She has merely traveled ahead of us and will greet us when we get to that eternal home."
With those words from Rev. Harold Middlebrook, East Tennessee said goodbye to a long-time civil rights leader on a sunny day in August 2012. Her loved ones called the service a "home going"and held it at Greater Warner Tabernacle Zion Church in East Knoxville. The church was filled to capacity with friends, family and local and state dignitaries.
Sarah Moore Greene died on August 15th, 2012. She was a long-time educator and civil rights leader who fought for equal educational opportunities for all races. She was also the first African-American to serve on the Knox County Board of Education, first African-American to serve as a Tennessee delegate in the Republican National Convention and served as president of local and state chapters of the NCAA.
Greene's countless awards and accolades include a school named in her honor. Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School in Knox County became her namesake school in 1974. In 1996, the school became a magnet school with an emphasis in technology.
Several months before her death, 10News spoke to Greene about her life and what she envisioned for her legacy. Above all, she said she hoped public views on her proved true. "It is nice," Greene explained. "You look back over it and wonder if you really deserve it. I hope I have. I really do."
Less than one year after her death, the passing and look back at the rich, influential life of Sarah Moore Greene remains one of your Straight from the Heart Moments.