Bessie Slider Moody is a lifelong Dallas resident. Celebrating 50 years of marriage to husband Paul Moody, Jr. (1958-2008), she is the mother of one son and one daughter. She has two grandsons and one great-grandson. Mrs. Moody is a retired Educator (2003) after 40 years with the Dallas ISD. She has worked as an Elementary School Teacher, Counselor and Title I Budget Specialist. She has been a life long member of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church. She attended Ms. Billie’s Kindergarten, N.W. Harlee Elementary School, and graduated from Lincoln High School (1956), Texas Southern University (B.S.) and Prairie View A & M University (M.S.).
Bessie Moody is a constant pursuer of excellence and always strives to make service to others her goal. This can be seen through the many church groups, sorority activities, South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Organization and various Boards: Maurine F. Bailey Cultural Foundation, Inc., Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., and other groups that she gives her time, monetary donations and involvements.
Bessie was featured in the Dallas Morning News Section B-Metro-Sunday February 10, 2008. Quote: It’s been 53 years since Ms. Moody and other Dallas teenagers worked to desegregate the State Fair, as a member of NAACP Youth Council under the direction of Juanita Craft. In 1961, segregation at the fair ended. (Bessie feels proud to have been a part of that change.)
Bessie a past Political Congress of African American Women/Dallas Chapter (1988-92) was influenced with PCAAW’s work and how the organization keeps its members and the community involved and informed. The things she admires about PCAAW is the mixture of membership and their high level of community involvement along with their commitment.
Bessie’s favorite book: A Song of Faith and Hope (The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman) by Frankie Muse Freeman with Candace O’Connor. One of the reasons she likes this book is because she has personally met Frankie Muse Freeman, a Soror, and also because this book-memoir tells the story of Frankie Freeman’s life and career. It gives high points such as meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson, historic commission hearings, and her national presidency of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. There were also difficult events, such as the illness and death of her son and husband. Through it all, she continues to fight for what she believed in, she kept her faith and carried on.
Bessie feels that “life is not about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain.”