Interview with Robert Parris Moses, February 11, 1964

Project: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Robert Parris Moses, educator and civil rights leader, was born in 1935 in New York City. He won a scholarship to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Harvard in 1957. In 1958, Moses worked with Bayard Rustin on the Second Youth March for Integrated Schools and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1960. Moses became the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Mississippi project in 1961 and soon after became the director for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and organizer of the Freedom Summer project. In this interview, Moses discusses the African American sentiment of embarrassment for lack of education and knowledge. He talks about how he began his political activism and his involvement with organizations such as SNCC and SCLC. He discusses Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence, King's influence, and the difference between SNCC's "tactical" nonviolence and King's nonviolence. He discusses segregation in housing and education, and discusses violence within the civil rights movement and against civil rights workers.

Interview Accession

2003oh041_rpwcr030

Interviewee Name

Robert Parris Moses

Interviewer Name

Robert Penn Warren

Interview Date

1964-02-11

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Moses, Robert Parris Interview by Robert Penn Warren. 11 Feb. 1964. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Moses, R.P. (1964, February 11). Interview by R. P. Warren. Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Moses, Robert Parris, interview by Robert Penn Warren. February 11, 1964, Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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