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Bob Moses


Bob Moses

Founder and President

Robert “Bob” Parris Moses received his BA from Hamilton College (1956), and his MA in Philosophy from Harvard University (1957). Moses was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement as a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1961, Moses initiated SNCC’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project, and was appointed its director in 1962. He helped to lead the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) into the Mississippi Summer Project (1964 Freedom Summer), which parachuted the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) to the National Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87), and subsequently started the Algebra Project, which uses mathematics as an organizing tool for a Quality Education as a Constitutional Right (QECR) for all students. With support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2002, the AP has been working with cohorts of high school students who previously performed in the lowest quartile on standardized exams. This work has led AP to propose a math high school “benchmark” for bottom quartile students: that they graduate high school on time, in four years, ready to do college math for college credit. To this end, the Algebra Project is exploring collaborations around a concept of “Math Cohort High Schools.” Moses is co-author of Radical Equations—Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Beacon, 2001) and co-editor of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right-creating a grassroots movement to transform public schools (Beacon Press, 2010). In 2011-2012, Moses was the Distinguished Visitor for the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, and has been a visiting lecturer at NYU School of Law during the fall semesters, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Dr. Moses is Founder and President of the Algebra Project, Inc.


October 27, 2015
Leveraging Grassroots Movements to Achieve Long-term Change

09:15  -  10:45
Redefining Leadership for a New World

16:00  -  17:30
October 28, 2015
Embark Stream (Wednesday, 10/28)

08:55  -  15:45