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Robert Moses
National Visionary


Born Harlem, New York, January 23, 1935

Founder of the Algebra Project and civil rights leader; helped to form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and organize the “Freedom Summer” Mississippi black voter education and registration drives








BIOGRAPHY
In the 1960s, Mr. Moses was a pivotal organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), directing its Mississippi Project. He was a driving force behind the 1964 Summer Project and in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention.


Moses with C.C. Bryant
From 1969-76, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, where he chaired Samé school math dept. In 1976 he returned to continue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard. A MacArthur Fellow from 1982-87, Mr. Moses used his fellowship to develop the Algebra Project (AP), believing 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. As founder and president of the AP, Mr. Moses also serves as director of the AP 's materials development program. See more at http://www.algebra.org. 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, the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.

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EXTERNAL LINKS
Robert Moses' Wikipedia Page

RELATED LINKS
C.C. Bryant's Visionary Page

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