~ Submitted by Emily Mitchell and Sarita Pillai, coordinators for One Book One Bedford, 2017
Civil rights pioneer Robert Parris Moses died on Sunday, July 25, at his home in Florida. Mr. Moses launched the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project and later founded The Algebra Project in Cambridge, MA, which grew into a national program to teach college-preparatory math to historically disadvantaged low-income students and students of color.
Mr. Moses was the culminating speaker during the 2017 One Book, One Bedford program featuring March, a graphic novel series by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. The Bedford Citizen sponsored the month-long program of book discussions, workshops, and community forums centered around the book trilogy and the Civil Rights movement in the United States. A summary of and reflection on the full One Book, One Bedford program can be found here: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2020/08/honoring-john-lewis-and-reflecting-on-one-book-one-bedford-in-2017-the-march-trilogy/
Managing editor Julie McCay Turner interviewed Mr. Moses on November 5, 2017, at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium, about his life as an activist and educator and his connections to Rep. Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The forum was recorded by Bedford TV and can be viewed on its YouTube channel.
The Bedford Citizen extends its condolences to Mr. Moses’s family.
~ Submitted by Emily Mitchell and Sarita Pillai, coordinators of the One Book One Bedford program in 2017