5 things to know about civil rights icon Bob Moses

5 things to know about civil rights

BOB Moses, who is worldly known for his work in the civil rights movement. It was announced on Sunday, July 25, 2021 that Moses had passed away at the age of 86.

Who was Bob Moses?

Robert Bob Moses was an American educator and civil rights activist. A graduate of Harvard University with a M.A. in Philosophy, Moses faced violence when he registered Black voters in the 1960s but continued to fight for equality between the races.

How did he involve in Civil Rights Movement?                

Moses was famously known for his work as the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on voter education and registration in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. He also co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

In 1964, he became the principle organizer of the Freedom Summer Project, a project designed to draw attention to the violent oppression that was being experienced by African American’s in Mississippi.

In 1969, Moses moved to East Africa with his wife, in protest of the Vietnam War, where he taught mathematics in Tanzania until 1976.

What is The Algebra Project?

Moses was a math teacher in East Africa  and after returning back to the United States in 1976, he became a MacArthur Foundation Fellow from 1982-1987 where he used his time to create The Algebra Project.

“The Algebra Project uses mathematics literacy as an organizing tool to guarantee quality public school education for all children in the United States of America,” according to their website.

Bob Moses’s family

Moses married Janet Jemmott in 1968. Prior to her career as a pediatrician, Jemmott was also an organizer in Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement. Moses is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.

How did Bob Moses die?

While there has not been an official cause of death, it was announced on Sunday by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project’s 60th Anniversary Conference.