Moses and The Middle of the Iceberg


Freedom Riders Series: Bob Moses


"'This is Mississippi, the middle of the iceberg. Michael row the boat ashore, Alleluia; Christian brothers don't be slow, Alleluia; Mississippi next to go, Alleluia.' This is a tremor from the middle of the iceberg -- from a stone the builders rejected.*" -Bob Moses

Rest in love, Bob Moses.

Robert Parris Moses, 1935-2021

Educator and activist Bob Moses, leader of the Mississippi  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)'s 1961 voter education and voter registration initiatives, co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964, leader of the 1964 Freedom Summer initiative, and founder of the 1982 Algebra Project, was a Harlem born and raised graduate of both Hamilton College and -- twice -- Harvard University. In his exceedingly full and well-lived life he had been the recipient of:

an Honorary Degree from Swarthmore College (2007)

the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship (2005)

the James Bryant Conant Award (2002)

the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award (2001)

the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship (2001)

the Heinz Award for the Human Condition (1999)

the War Resisters League Peace Award (1997)

and a MacArthur Fellowship (1982).

Moses certainly gave more than he received.

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