Robert Moses

Current Position: Educator/Organizer and Founder of The Algebra Project

Brief Bio:In his young adult life, Mr. Moses was a pivotal organizer for the civil rights movement as a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was director of SNCC’s Mississippi Project. He was a driving force behind the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention. From 1969-1976, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, East Africa, where he was a teacher and chairperson of the math department at the Samé school. Mr. Moses returned to the USA in 1976 to continue to pursue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard University. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow from 1982 to 1987, Mr. Moses used his fellowship to work full-time teaching algebra to seventh and eighth graders as a school volunteer in the Open Program of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Cambridge, MA. During that period, Mr. Moses developed the concept for the Algebra Project and began to carry it out together with concerned parents, teachers, educators and activists. Bob Moses is the author of the Algebra Project-Transition Curriculum, which helps middle school students make the conceptual shift from arithmetic to algebra. Mr. Moses is founder and president of the Algebra Project Inc., and also serves as director of the project’s curriculum development program. He has received several college and university honorary degrees and honors, including the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Sample Publications:
  • Moses, Robert P. & Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Radical Equations—Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project. Beacon Press, 2001.