180º Rewind: Moses Scott: Making a Way Out of No Way

 My dad with other Prince Edward County, Virginia students who benefited from the kindness of strangers and were able to finish their high school careers in spite of civil rights racial tensions leading to the closing of all public schools in Prince Edward County for 5 years.

My dad with other Prince Edward County, Virginia students who benefited from the kindness of strangers and were able to finish their high school careers in spite of civil rights racial tensions leading to the closing of all public schools in Prince Edward County for 5 years.

Moses Scott, my dad, passed away on March 8, 2017. Today is the one year anniversary of his passing and this is a 180º of Impact feature to celebrate his life and impact, sharing a 40 minute audio recording of an interview with him from 2015. My dad grew up in Prince Edward County, Virginia in the heart of the Civil Rights Era and segregation in the school system. There were people who argued that "separate but equal", keeping black and white students separate from one another, could be equal, though Civil Rights activists like Barbara Johns in Prince Edward County argued to the contrary. This led to massive resistance, leading to the schools being closed for 5 years from 1959 to 1964. Thanks to the kindness of strangers (the Quakers) and his mother (my grandmother) Sophia's passion for education, my dad was able to finish his high school education. If that wasn't enough, other than making an impact as an example of resilience in the face of difficult odds, he went on the serve in the United States army. If that wasn't enough and his accolades as a Howard University graduate, Harvard Business School graduate, and father aren't enough, after his mother (my grandmother) passed away, he founded a home health care business called Right at Home of Essex County to serve the senior community in Essex County, New Jersey, with the same love and compassion his mother experienced toward the end of her life with Alzheimers.

Watch this interview to hear my (Matt Scott's) thoughts on the grief process over the last year, the 40 minute interview with my dad, and final thoughts on takeaways from the experience of losing a dad and best friend but gaining some in the process. Rest in much-deserved peace, Moses Edward Scott.

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Matthew Scott