Robert Parris Moses usually known as Bob Moses is an American Harvard-trained educator who joined the civil rights movement and later founded the nationwide U.S. Algebra project.
Born in Harlem, January 23, 1935, Bob Moses helped to form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, organize the "Freedom Summer," and initiate Mississippi black voter education and registration drives. In the 1960s, Mr. Moses was a pivotal organizer for SNCC, directing its Mississippi Project. He was a driving force behind the 1964 Summer Project and in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).
From 1969-76, Moses taught math in Tanzania. In 1976 he returned to the U.S. to continue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard. A MacArthur Fellow from 1982-87, he used his fellowship to develop the Algebra Project (AP). Moses believes that mathematics literacy in today's information age is as important to educational access and citizenship for inner city and rural poor students as the right to vote was to political access and citizenship for sharecroppers and day laborers in the 60s.
In 2004, with AP board member Danny Glover, Moses and others launched a national discussion calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right. Mr. Moses has received several university honorary doctoral degrees and honors, including Harvard University, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship. He is currently co-teaching an African American Studies class at Princeton University.
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