‘The World Lost a Giant’: Civil Rights Activist Robert Moses Dead at 86

By: Alyssa Wilson

Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist essential in the fight for voting rights, died at the age of 86 on Sunday.  

According to NBC News, Moses led voter registration drives in the South in the 1960s. He also worked to improve minority education in multiple subjects, including math, through the Algebra Project founded in 1982.  

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He was a pioneer working to dismantle segregation as the Mississippi field director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Associated Press reported. He was also a key figure in the 1964 Freedom Summer, wherein hundreds of students went to the South to register people to vote.  

While fighting for voting rights, he was beaten and arrested. When he filed charges against the white person who attacked him, an all-white jury acquitted the man, and Moses had to flee the county with protection. In 1963, he and other activists were driving through Greenwood, Mississippi, when someone began shooting at them. Despite these incidents, his fight for justice did not end.  

Outside of activism, he worked as a teacher in Tanzania, Africa, and then went to Harvard to earn a doctorate in philosophy before going to teach high school math in Massachusetts.  

Multiple civil rights groups reacted to his death online and on social media. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center tweeted about Moses, saying, “What a brilliant, conscious, compassionately active human being. Educator. Organizer. Leader. Rest well, sir.”  

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Derrick Johnson, the President of the NAACP, gave Moses his flowers for his fight to protect the voting rights of the Black community. He tweeted, “Throughout his life, Bob Moses bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. He was a strategist at the core of the voting rights movement and beyond. He was a giant.”  

Derrick Johnson, the President of the NAACP, gave Moses his flowers for his fight to protect the voting rights of the Black community. He tweeted, “Throughout his life, Bob Moses bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. He was a strategist at the core of the voting rights movement and beyond. He was a giant.”  

Former President Barack Obama said Moses was a hero of his. “His quiet confidence helped shape the civil rights movement, and he inspired generations of young people looking to make a difference. Michelle and I send our prayers to Janet and the rest of the Moses family,” he tweeted.  

Social media reactions continued to pour in on Sunday night, with many Black leaders weighing in.  

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