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Music icon Sam Moore began earning his stripes as the lead tenor voice of '60s soul duo Sam and Dave. Often referred to as "The Legendary Soul Man," he is working with the FIU Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment to create a platform to preserve, celebrate and pass on the rich musical heritage of himself and his peers through curriculum development and other educational forms.

Sam’s musical genre evolved from what was originally called “race” music and transitioned to “roots," then evolved to “rhythm and blues” and became known as “soul.” By any name, this was the music that grew out of a turbulent time in America and became the soundtrack to the civil rights era and the decades that followed. Though it is not the same in this century as it was in the last, it is often generally referred to as “urban” music.

South Florida’s rich cultural tapestry, which Sam played a significant role in creating, is the perfect backdrop against which to examine explore the musical movements that shaped and were shaped it.

Current and future generations can be empowered by the extraordinary legacy of artists and other social contributors who spent a great deal of time in the South Florida area, including Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Flip Wilson, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and so many more - artists who built a foundation on which today’s music proudly stands.

The "HeArt of Soulebrity" exhibit explores Sam Moore's life and the history of Overtown. Click the link for enlarged poster and captions.

Sam, who grew up in Miami's Overtown during the Jim Crow era, is one of the last of a generation of recording artists who sang and spoke with great depths of feeling often stirred by the voices of people calling for change and unity, both before and after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Join Sam Moore and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment in promoting and preserving music and the arts.