Paul Earthquake Moore

Rev. Paul ‘Earthquake' Moore, Longtime Philly Activist and Boxer, Dies at 62

Moore died on Friday at the age of 62, his brother confirmed with NBC10.

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  • Paul "Earthquake" Moore, a prominent community activist, reverend and former boxer in Philadelphia died Friday at the age of 62, his brother confirmed with NBC10.
  • Moore coordinated numerous community events, including the 24 Hour Food-A-Thon, the Celebrity Turkey Run & Giveaway, the Community Claus, MLK Day of Service and the Weekend of Peace. 
  • Moore was also an anti-violence advocate and regularly attended vigils for victims of gun violence, even those he didn’t know. 

Friends, family, officials, police and the entire Philadelphia community are mourning longtime activist, reverend and former boxer Paul “Earthquake” Moore. 

Moore died on Friday at the age of 62 after battling cancer, his brother confirmed with NBC10.

Moore, an alumni of John Bartram High School, was a prominent activist who worked primarily in the Southwest Philadelphia community. He coordinated numerous community events, including the 24 Hour Food-A-Thon, the Celebrity Turkey Run & Giveaway, the Community Claus, MLK Day of Service and the Weekend of Peace. 

Moore was also an anti-violence advocate and regularly attended vigils for victims of gun violence, even those he didn’t know. 

For his efforts, Moore won the Wrice-Campbell Award for Neighborhood Safety. He was also elected as chair of the Southwest Community Development Corporation (SWCDC) in October 2011. SWCDC was founded in 1986 and serves the economic needs of residents in the area.

In addition to his work as a community activist, Moore formerly served as an Associate Minister at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Southwest Philadelphia. 

He was also a junior welterweight professional boxer and appeared in small movie roles in films, including “Philadelphia” and “Beloved.” 

Moore also worked as a radio personality for the Primetime Power Show which debuted in September 2014.

Several Philly officials and law enforcement members paid tribute to Moore on social media.

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