“Jim Crow hasn’t gotten out of our public school education system: and that’s the issue that’s on the table for us now”
Today we present a talk about education and civil rights history by organizer and educator Dr. Robert P. Moses founder of The Algebra Project. Also we will hear from his son, Omo Moses, talking about The Young Peoples Project.
First broadcast on WPKN Radio – 89.5 FM Bridgeport – 88.7 FM Montauk and wpkn.org on February 17, 2010
Bob Moses was field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s. He was director of SNCC’s Mississippi Project that organized the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. That party challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention.
From 1969 to 1976, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, in East Africa, as chairperson of a school math department.
After doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard he developed The Algebra Project. The Algebra Project grew out of his work as a parent teacher in a Cambridge, Massachusetts school. The objective of The Algebra Project is to prepare rural and inner city youth for work in the information age. It operates in school districts throughout the country including in New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi and Miami, Florida.
Bob Moses spoke to an informal group including local educators at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, Bridgehampton, New York in August 2009. A portion of that talk is presented here.
Inspired by the work of the Algebra Project Dr. Moses Son, Omo Moses founded the The Young Peoples Project. The project recruits, trains and deploys high school- and college-age Math Literacy Workers. The objective is to increase mathematical understanding among young people. Partnering with the Algebra Project in several states it provides out-of-school educational experiences for students.
Today’s WPKN Magazine was produced by Tony Ernst. Thanks to event organizer Kathy Engel.