Robert P. (Bob) Moses resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dr. Janet Moses, M.D. They have four children. Bob Moses was born and raised in Harlem, NY, and received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1956. In 1957, he received a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Harvard University and he taught middle school mathematics at the Horace Mann School in New York City from 1958-1961.
In his young adult life, Dr. Moses was director of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) Mississippi project 1961-1964, directed the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) 1962-64, and was a pivotal organizer for the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, and was instrumental in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention. Moses worked for the Tazanian Ministry of Education 1969-76, teaching mathematics at the Samé School.
He used a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87) to found the Algebra Project, which uses mathematics as an organizing tool to guarantee quality public school education for all students. The Algebra Project has received support from the National Science Foundation and numerous philanthropies and individuals. Moses also has received several honorary doctorate degrees, including Harvard, Princeton, University of Michigan, and is the recipient of numerous awards.
He and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., authored Radical Equations—Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Beacon, 2001); he is a co-editor with Theresa Perry et al. of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right-creating a grassroots movement to transform public schools (Beacon Press, 2010)