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Bob Moses, civil rights pioneer, dies at age 86

Known as an advocate for civil rights and voting rights, Robert Parris Moses passed away. Dr. Janet Moses, his wife, said that the educator and activist died in Hollywood, Florida, on Sunday (July 25). He was 86th year old when he passed away.

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Known as an advocate for civil rights and voting rights, Robert Parris Moses passed away. Dr. Janet Moses, his wife, said that the educator and activist died in Hollywood, Florida, on Sunday (July 25). He was 86th year old when he passed away. 

Known as Bob Moses, Moses was widely known for his work in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), where he served as the field director for Mississippi in 1960. Moses organized the “Freedom Summer” project in 1964, encouraging as many Black voters as possible to register to vote in Mississippi to combat the suppression of voting rights and Jim Crow. 

He was arrested and beaten in rural Mississippi’s Amite County while attempting to register Black voters. Despite filing a charge of assault against the attacker, an all-white jury acquitted him. Moses and two other activists were also fired upon in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1963. 

Moreover, Moses played a central role in the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which aimed to compete with the all-white Democratic delegation in the state. 

He was one of the founders of the Algebra Project, which sought to boost math literacy among underserved populations in 1982, what he called his “second chapter in civil rights work”. Moses taught math in Massachusetts and Mississippi, as well as in Tanzania. 

“Bob Moses was one of my heroes. Moses’ quiet confidence helped shape the civil rights movement, and generations of young people were inspired by him to do their part,” former President Barack Obama commented on Twitter following Moses’ passing. “Michelle and I pray for Janet and all the Moses family members.” 

“The world has lost a giant today. Congressman Jamaal Bowman wrote, “Bob Moses set the path for teacher activists.” “He taught us that democracy must start with loving and connecting with those who are ignored that they are capable of leading themselves.”. We should continue to follow his example.” 

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