The Acel Moore Scholarship Fund is named to honor the memory of NABJ founder and legendary Philadelphia journalist Acel Moore. He was a respected newspaper columnist, reporter and editor. He began his career with The Philadelphia Inquirer as a copy clerk in 1962 after working as a medic in the Army. He advanced to editorial clerk and then became one of the first black reporters at The Inquirer in 1968. His career spanned more than four decades. Moore won the Pulitzer Prize in 1977.
In 1973, Moore founded the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists with fellow Philadelphia journalists Chuck Stone and Claude Lewis. Their work and that of other early PABJ members laid the groundwork for the National Association of Black Journalists, which was founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C.
He also had an impressive career teaching journalism. He served on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley’s summer program for minority journalists, worked as a journalism instructor at Temple University and Florida A&M University, and was a journalism consultant to Northwestern University, Duquesne University, the University of Kansas and Norfolk State University.
Moore met and covered Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton over the course of his career. He retired from the Inquirer in 2005 and held the title of associate editor emeritus at the time of his death.