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Moses, Robert Parris

b. 1935

Raised in Harlem, Bob Moses earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University. He taught math in New York and worked with Bayard Rustin on the 1959 Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington, DC. In 1960, he volunteered for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta and traveled through the Deep South for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Moses became SNCC’s Mississippi Project Director, organizing voter registration. Committed to developing grassroots leadership, he was co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), the main organizer of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the initiator of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. An early opponent of the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1966 to avoid the military draft and taught in Tanzania. Receiving a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982, he used the money to create The Algebra Project, a nationwide foundation for improving minority education in math.

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Amsterdam Article

This document describes the fight for civil rights in Mississippi in the early 1960's.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

This pamphlet details the history, programs and purpose of The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.