An icon of the sixties civil rights movement, mover and shaker, his voice and involvement in the voting rights movement changed how Americans in the south, who happened to be Negroes, illiterate in some cases and poverty stricken, opened access for them to vote.
The disenfranchised right to vote was his moral compass.
Moses’ activism was deliberate and focused. He became a NAACP Field Secretary in Mississippi for the Studen Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC. In his position as Field Secretary he was remembered for his work in the registration of thousands of voters through grassroots organizations.
“Bob Moses was one of the most profound strategist leaders of the civil rights movement across the country,”Derrick Johnson, president NAACP
Robert Moses put his teaching career and life on the line for voting rights and education of the disenfranchised in the north and south.
In the south he had the audacity to educate those living in the Mississippi Delta about their voting rights.
He was integral to the 1964 Freedom Summer Rides. In protest to bring awareness to restrictive interstate travel that supported Jim Crow segregation laws and voting rights.
James Earl Chaney, Daniel Goodman, and Michael Henry Schwerner were Summer Freedom Riders. Segregationists murder them and their remains were later found in Mississippi in August, 1964
Moses and Fannie Lou Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Democratic Party in opposition to the Mississippi Democratic Party. The new party showed up at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ where Hamer said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Moses elected to organize at the grassroots with the oppressed local residents. He was clear about the connections to democracy, economics, education, social justice, and morality as key elements to his grassroots strategies to obtain voting rights, public education and employment to improve the quality of life in the Delta.
The Algebra Project, Inc., was the original project of Moses. For you see he was credentialedsecondary school math teacher. Its’ misson is to provide quality math literacy to underserved youth.
It is a network of several math programs across the country;The Baltimore Algebra Project, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Collaborative,Florida Local Alliance for Math Literacy and Equity, Math Talk, Ohio State University Math Literacy Initiative, Southern Initiative Algebra Project, We the People – Math Literacy for All Alliance, and The Young People’s Project.
Moses graduated from Hamilton College and Harvard University where he earned a Masters in Philosophy.
African American History
1920 – William Leidesdorff – Entrepreneur, U.S. Consul to Mexico and first African American diplomat, first to have launched steamboat in San Francisco Bay
1964 – Race rebellion in Jersey City, NJ
1968 – Riots in Miami Beach, FL, National Guard called in to protect Republican National Convention
Ms. Martin is an educator, freelancer journalist, and 2008 Monmouth University Dr. King Unsung Hero recipient. I can be reached by email; [email protected]