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Robert Parris Moses

Educator and Civil Rights Activist; Founder of The Algebra Project

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 Robert Parris Moses Biography

Though he avoided publicity and rarely spoke to large audiences, Robert Parris Moses became one of the most influential black leaders of the Southern civil rights struggle and of the New Left during the 1960s. Born on January 23, 1935, in New York City, Moses spent his early years in a public housing project near the Harlem River. In 1952 he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and won a scholarship to Hamilton College. He earned an M.A. degree in philosophy in 1957 at Harvard University. Forced to leave college by the death of his mother and the hospitalization of his father, he returned to New York and became a mathematics teacher at Horace Mann School.

During the late 1950s Moses became increasingly active in the nascent black protest movement. In 1958 he helped veteran black activist Bayard Rustin (q.v.) with the Second Youth March for Integrated Schools, and in the summer of 1960, at Rustin's suggestion, he went to Atlanta to work with Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Moses left Atlanta to seek participants for the fall conference of a new organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), that Ella Baker, onetime executive secretary of SCLC had helped to found.

Moses returned to Mississippi in 1961 to become the head of SNCC's project in McComb and ultimately director for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a federation of civil rights groups in the state. Seeking to develop leadership among poorly educated blacks at the bottom of the Southern social order, he influenced civil rights activists searching for alternatives to hierarchical and manipulative political modes. Moses' goal was to develop self-reliant organizations and leaders who could continue the struggle after organizers had departed. His fear that others would become dependent on his leadership led Moses and his wife, Donna Richards, to leave Mississippi after the massive 1964 summer project.

Temporarily changing his name to Bob Parris, he participated in several rallies against the Vietnam War, but by the end of 1965 Moses had ended his relations with white activists. After separating from his wife in 1966, he went to Canada to avoid the military draft. In June 1968 Moses and his new wife settled in Tanzania. They returned to the United States with their four children in 1976. Avoiding public attention, Moses resumed his graduate studies in philosophy at Harvard and in 1982 received a MacArthur Foundation award to continue his studies.

In the 1980s, Moses founded The Algebra Project, a national, nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America.

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Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project

Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project

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Robert Parris Moses

Educator and Civil Rights Activist; Founder of The Algebra Project

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Robert Parris Moses Biography

Though he avoided publicity and rarely spoke to large audiences, Robert Parris Moses became one of the most influential black leaders of the Southern civil rights struggle and of the New Left during the 1960s. Born on January 23, 1935, in New York City, Moses spent his early years in a public housing project near the Harlem River. In 1952 he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and won a scholarship to Hamilton College. He earned an M.A. degree in philosophy in 1957 at Harvard University. Forced to leave college by the death of his mother and the hospitalization of his father, he returned to New York and became a mathematics teacher at Horace Mann School.

During the late 1950s Moses became increasingly active in the nascent black protest movement. In 1958 he helped veteran black activist Bayard Rustin (q.v.) with the Second Youth March for Integrated Schools, and in the summer of 1960, at Rustin's suggestion, he went to Atlanta to work with Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Moses left Atlanta to seek participants for the fall conference of a new organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), that Ella Baker, onetime executive secretary of SCLC had helped to found.

Moses returned to Mississippi in 1961 to become the head of SNCC's project in McComb and ultimately director for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a federation of civil rights groups in the state. Seeking to develop leadership among poorly educated blacks at the bottom of the Southern social order, he influenced civil rights activists searching for alternatives to hierarchical and manipulative political modes. Moses' goal was to develop self-reliant organizations and leaders who could continue the struggle after organizers had departed. His fear that others would become dependent on his leadership led Moses and his wife, Donna Richards, to leave Mississippi after the massive 1964 summer project.

Temporarily changing his name to Bob Parris, he participated in several rallies against the Vietnam War, but by the end of 1965 Moses had ended his relations with white activists. After separating from his wife in 1966, he went to Canada to avoid the military draft. In June 1968 Moses and his new wife settled in Tanzania. They returned to the United States with their four children in 1976. Avoiding public attention, Moses resumed his graduate studies in philosophy at Harvard and in 1982 received a MacArthur Foundation award to continue his studies.

In the 1980s, Moses founded The Algebra Project, a national, nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America.

Robert Parris Moses Videos

  • Robert Parris Moses - YouTube
  • Robert Moses lectures on access to quality education - YouTube
  • Robert Moses (2015) Remembers - YouTube

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  • How much does it cost to book Robert Parris Moses?

    Booking fees for Robert Parris Moses, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert Parris Moses, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert Parris Moses?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert Parris Moses for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert Parris Moses for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert Parris Moses or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert Parris Moses or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robert Parris Moses is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert Parris Moses for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Robert Parris Moses generally travels from MS, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bobby Seale, Erin Gruwell, Julianne Malveaux, Hill Harper and Nikki Giovanni. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert Parris Moses for an upcoming event.

Robert Parris Moses Speaker Videos

  • Robert Parris Moses - YouTube
    Robert Moses lectures on access to quality education - YouTube
  • Robert Moses (2015) Remembers - YouTube
    Robert Moses lectures on access to quality education - YouTube

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