Moore Named “100 Most Influential Blacks” In Connecticut

Marilyn Moore

Mother, grandmother, state senator, health care advocate, warring against hunger, Marilyn Moore is building a profile of notice politically, professionally and socially. Add “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” to the list, a designation by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

From the NAACP:

“The NAACP has always been at the forefront of fighting for equity and justice for all Americans. Its mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all people and to eliminate race-based discrimination is something I strive for every day as a state senator and as a member of my community,” Sen. Moore said. “To be recognized by them is a true honor.”

Sen. Moore was first elected in 2014 to serve the 22nd State Senatorial District communities of Trumbull, Bridgeport and Monroe. She was elected to a second term in 2016. She is currently the co-chair of the Children and Human Services committees. Her work in the legislature also earned her the appointment of Senate Democratic Co-chair of the General Assembly’s Bonding Subcommittee in April 2018.

As a lifelong Bridgeport resident and community activist, Sen. Moore has been a force in advocating for health equity, living wage, and legislation that supports and protects Connecticut communities. Recognizing the rapid increase in morbidity and mortality rates among low income minority women with breast cancer, Sen. Moore founded and became President and CEO of The Witness Project, which seeks to address and reduce breast cancer mortality.

In addition, Sen. Moore has tackled the war against hunger by serving and being a member of several boards in Connecticut, including, End Hunger CT, Network Support Team Connecticut Food Systems Alliance, and the Food Solutions New England Coalition.

As a result of her unwavering passion and dedication to fighting for food and health equity in Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport has formed the Food Policy Council, which integrates all agencies of the city in a common effort to improve the availability of safe and nutritious food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need.

Sen. Moore’s accomplishments in improving the quality of life for Connecticut residents have earned her local and national acclaim over the past ten years, including being awarded the Sojourner Truth Award by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, the 2018 Shirley Chisholm Award by the National Congress of Black Women, and the Community Service Award by the Coalition of 100 Black Women Connecticut Chapter.

Sen. Moore was also named a 2018 “Children’s Champions” by The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for her work as co-chair of the General Assembly’s Committee on Children.

By working in diverse situations and economies, Sen. Moore has developed the strength and capacity to ensure that her constituents are fairly represented in an increasingly challenging economy.

Sen. Moore is the mother of three children and grandmother of nine. She attended the University of Bridgeport and remains a Bridgeport resident.



  1. Who are the other 99? Is there a link to the list available?

    Are any of the others involved in providing private sector employment and contributing to the economy rather than providing social services at taxpayer expense?

    1. Tom,
      I looked for this year’s list and could not find it yet. The dinner honoring those nominated is tonight and perhaps that is where comprehensive publicity will be targeted.
      However, my research indicates that Dr. Aresta Johnson, Superintendent of Bridgeport schools, and Dr. Paul Broadie, head of both Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport as well as Gateway Community College in New Haven are among honorees from this area. Who else locally made the list and what they do remain subject to my departure greeting? Time will tell.

  2. Tom White, really, I’m sure that you would like to know who the other 99 blacks are on the list. Just Google Scott X and asked him, I’m sure he would be glad to share that information with you.

      1. Scot X Esdaile of New Haven has been elected leader of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP for more than one term. He is also leader of the New Haven branch.

        Our local branch has taken up the phrase DEFEAT HATE VOTE for this year’s upcoming midterm elections. Buttons are available from members or at our monthly meeting at Burroughs Center, Fairfield Avew this Thursday at 6:30 PM. Latest quarterly newsletter also available. For our local body politic to function well, many more of those registered who fail to vote must change their habit and vote. Just identify the source of hate and vote against. Time will tell.

  3. More has ran very strong in black rock she defeated her republican challanger the last 2 runs by hundreds of votes and won the democratic primary there over Macarthy by hundreds of votes in a primary!!! I see no reason to vote against her.

  4. I will say though her opponent has done more reaching out to bridgeport than her previous republican challengers but still I dont see a reason not to vote for her she is doing a great job.

  5. *** Good for her, she’s trying to do a good job for a district that has many issues, city & burbs. Keep your head-up & get out to the areas you represent & talk to the people!***

  6. To Bob Walsh.

    Yes, massa.

    Still drinking, Bob?

    An impressive list of accomplishments? How about her bill that would have addressed conflict of interest in Bridgeport?

    The fact that I still live in Bridgeport and you don’t, gives me a leg-up in relevancy.


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