Bob Moses

Mr. Bob Moses

Bob Moses was born in Harlem, New York on January 23, 1935. He is an African American, Harvard-trained educator who began working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as a field secretary in 1960. In 1964 he became the Co-Director of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and as director of SNCC’s Mississippi Project he served as the main organizer of Freedom Summer. He was also highly involved in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Moses worked in small Mississippi towns organizing for power among the poor and excluded.  Moses tried to be a catalyst—without being the determining force—of the another person’s decision to act.  Moses believed that an oppressed people—if affirmed in their created dignity through participation in a supportive community—could find the power to voice their goals and to determine the steps necessary to realize them.  Moses left SNCC after Stokely Carmichael became president, steering SNCC towards the Black Power movement. After stints in Canada (to avoid the Vietnam draft) and Tanzania (where he worked as a teacher), Moses returned to Harvard to earn a doctorate in philosophy. He began teaching high school math and won a MacArthur Fellowship, which he used to create the Algebra Project, a foundation devoted to improving minority education in mathematics.

Find below primary and secondary resources located in the Project on Lived Theology's Civil Rights Archive associated with this Actor. Click on a title to see the full record.

Charles M. Sherrod Concerning the Difficulties Faced by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (Untitled Article)
Ed King Midnight in the Delta - Terror
Ed King Rifle Squads in the Beloved Community
Ed King White Church (Part Four); Section XII, "Ministers' Projects"
Ed King White Church (Part Four); Section XVIII, "Epistles"
Unknown Cassette Transcription: Tom Dent Collection
1960 Unknown Letter from Jane Stembridge to Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth (08/11/1960)
1962 Unknown Addendum No. I to Instructions to Special Hearing Officers for the Department of Justice in Conscientious-Objector Matters
1962 Unknown Resume of the Inquiry Re: Robert Parris Moses Conscientious Objector
1963 Ed King Birmingham Funerals
1963 Ed King COFO Office
1964 Bob Moses Robert P. Moses to Julian Bond
1964 Christopher Jencks Mississippi: From Conversion to Coercion
1964 Ed King "The Canton Road"
1964 Ed King Jackson Movement, Spring 1963: Part XI-C Methodist Church
1964 Ed King White Church (Part One) XIV-B: White Church Leaders-von Hoffman
1964 Howard Zinn Mississippi Voter Registration Struggles (Untitled Document)
1964
James Atwater
Lynn Pelham
"If We Can Crack Mississippi...": At the Risk of Their Lives, Hundreds of Northern Students Are Challenging the Heart of the Deep South
1964 James Atwater 'If We Can Crack Mississippi...'
1964 M. S. Handler Mississippi Faces Drive for Rights: 1,000 Students Expected to Work in the Project
1964 Unknown Mississippi: Allen's Army
1964 Unknown Re: Jackson Case #J-64-5-2-U
1965 George Ballis Moses of Mississippi Raises Some Universal Questions
1968
Unknown
John Lewis
John Lewis Interview Concerning the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1970 Bob Moses Mississippi: 1961-1962
1972
Dr. Neil McMillen
Fannie Lou Hamer
An Oral History with Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
1972 James Forman Chapter 51: African Interlude
1972 James Forman Power for Black People
1972 James Forman The "Big Five" and the SNCC
1983 Howell Raines Fannie Lou Hamer
1990
Henry Hampton
Steve Fayer
Sarah Flynn
Mississippi Freedom: Summer, 1964: "Representation and the Right to Participate"
1992 Ed King A Prophet from the Delta
1993
Charles Marsh
Ed King
Interview with Ed King
1993 Charles Marsh John Lewis Interview Questions and Background
1994
Charles Marsh
Ed King
Ed King Interview, Philadelphia, MS, 8/24/1994
1994
Jimmie Briggs
Bob Moses
Doug Mindell
Dialogue with Bob Moses: Architect of the 1964 Freedom Summer
1994 Unknown Emerge June 1994 Issue
1995
Charles Marsh
Cleveland Sellers
Cleveland Sellers Interview, Denmark, South Carolina, 7/29/1995
1995
Charles Marsh
Victoria Gray Adams
Victoria Gray Adams Interview, 4/6/1995
1996
Bob Zellner
Plater Robinson
Bob Zellner With Plater Robinson
2003
Charles Marsh
Victoria Gray Adams, Bob Moses
Victoria Gray Adams and Bob Moses, Conference on Lived Theology
2009
Charles Marsh
John Perkins
John M. Perkins in Conversation with Charles Marsh: Let Justice Roll Down