Showing posts from February, 2015

Bob Moses "Jim Crow hasn't gotten out of our public education system"

East End Ink presents civil rights activist and educator Bob Moses in a talk about equality, race and education recorded in August 2009.  Although over 5 years have passed, themes of the talk such as voting rights and the need to fix the education system for minority children are still in the news. Moses, a leader of the 1960s struggle for racial equality, founded the Algebra Project that trains youth in the skills needed in the information age Bob Moses was field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee or 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 which grew out of his work as a p

The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement - Bob Zellner

Civil rights worker Bob Zellner grew up in a Klan family in lower Alabama.   In The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement (New South Books, 2008),  he tells how he became a civil rights activist starting in his college days in Montgomery Alabama.  He later became a field secretary of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and  was beaten and arrested as he worked in the South.   Zellner eventually migrated to Southampton, New York where he taught at the former Southampton College of Long Island University.   He became active in the local NAACP branch and he defended members of the Shinnecock Nation as they protested the desecration of sacred land, for which he was arrested and injured by New York State Police. Bob Zellner spoke at Canios Books in October 2008, on the eve of the election that saw Barack Obama elected President. Bob Zellner was introduced by Canio's co-proprietor Kathryn Szoka. Listen here