Robert Moses

Member Since: 1996

Robert P. 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. From1969-76, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, where he chaired Same school math department. In 1976, he returned to continue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard. A MacArthur Fellow from 1982-8, 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 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 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. He has received several university honorary doctoral degrees and honors, including Harvard University, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, and the Nation/Puffin for Creative Citizenship.

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