Interview with Robert Parris Moses, February 11, 1964

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.

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African Americans--Civil rights   Race relations   United States--Race relations   African Americans--Education   Preparatory schools   Universities and colleges   Civil rights movements--United States   Civil rights demonstrations   Civil rights workers   African Americans--Conduct of life   Segregation   African American families   Childrearing   Nonviolence   Passive resistance   African American leadership   Black Muslims   Black universities and colleges   Voter registration--Mississippi   Neighborliness   African Americans--Societies, etc.   Social movements   Segregation--United States   Discrimination in housing   Extrajudicial executions   Philosophy   Terrorism   African American arts   African American experience   Middle class   Beat generation   African Americans--Race identity   Communism   Communism--United States--History   Political science--Philosophy   Race, class, and social structure   Boycotts   Picketing   National monuments   African American--History   Race relations--United States   Law enforcement  

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