Was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1882 and came to London in 1904 to study medicine at Kings College. Despite being an excellent student and the recipient of many prizes - Moody found it difficult to get both work and lodgings.
Eventually he set up his own successful practice in Peckham where he met and married an English nurse.
A devout Christian he was elected to the chair of the Colonial Missionary Society's board of directors in 1921 and was also involved in other philanthropic bodies. He used his position to assist black people who sought his help and advise. Having experienced difficulties in finding work and lodgings moody could easily relate to their hardships.
due to the escalating amount of cases he was dealing with ther became a need to create a formal organisation to should er the workload. On the 13th of March 1931 in the central YMCA, Tottenham court Rd, 'The League of Coloured Peoples 'was formed, Moody served as its president from its birth to its demise.
Despite being heavily criticised by more militant pressure
groups the League never claimed to be a radical organisation.
1) To promote and protect the social, educational, economic and political interests of its members.
2) To interest members in the welfare of coloured peoples in all parts of the world.
3) To improve relations between the races.
4) To operate and affiliate with organisations sympathetic to coloured people.
5) To render such financial assistance to coloured people in distress as lies within our capacity.
After the beginning of WWII, radicals and the league collaborated in pursuing the question of the colour bar in the British Armed Forces, and in Particular Commissions for Black servicemen and Women.
Following public and Private meetings the Colonial Office declared on the 19th of October 1939, that, 'British Subjects from the Colonies, and British Protected persons in this Country , including those who are not of European origin are now eligible for emergency Commissions in his Majesty's forces'.
To Moody this was a piece meal offering , and he demanded
'That if this principle is accepted now, surely it
must be acceptable all the time !'- Two of Moody's children
rose to the rank of Major.