Moses, Robert “Bob”

Robert Moses was born in 1935 and was a major contributor towards the fight towards social equity for all, becoming a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

Moses first got involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Following SCLC, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 as a field secretary. In 1962, Moses transitioned to a strategic coordinator and project director with the Council of Federated Organization (COFO) in Mississippi. As one of the main organizer’s of COFO’s Freedom Summer Project, he played an integral role in achieving widespread voter registration of blacks in Mississippi. In addition, Moses was a driving force in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) which challenged the segregationist-dominated Mississippi Democratic Party delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, a critical point in time that brought national awareness to the civil rights struggle occurring in Mississippi.

Moses is the President and Founder and President of the Algebra Project Inc., whose goal is to bring math literacy to low income citizens by utilizing mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America.

Sources:

“Board & Staff.” The Algebra Project, www.algebra.org/staff.php#moses.

Cheam, Bunthay. “Moses, Robert P. (1935-).” The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed, www.blackpast.org/aah/moses-robert-p-1935.

“Robert ‘Bob’ Moses.” Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th, WordPress, freedom50.org/moses/.