Robert Moses, one of the most influential black leaders of the civil rights struggle, founder of The Algebra Project, Inc., MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and graduate of Hamilton College, will present a lecture on “Mathematical Literacy and Civil Rights” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center, at Hamilton College. The event is free and open to the public.
Moses is a 1956 graduate of Hamilton College, where he received his B.A. in philosophy. He also earned an A.M. in philosophy from Harvard University.
After his time at Hamilton, Moses was very active in the civil rights movement. He started working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as a field secretary registering black people to vote in 1960. Moses later served as the co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations, a union of civil rights groups across Mississippi, and as founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
In 1982 with aid from the MacArthur Fellowship award, Moses founded The Algebra Project, Inc. The group’s main goal is to increase mathematics literacy in low-income students and students of color by providing college preparatory classes in high school.