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Robert Parris Moses: A Life in Civil Rights and Leadership at the Grassroots

Laura Visser-Maessen


One of the most influential leaders in the civil rights movement, Robert Parris Moses was essential in making Mississippi a central battleground state in the fight for voting rights. As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Moses presented himself as a mere facilitator of grassroots activism rather than a charismatic figure like Martin Luther King Jr. His self-effacing demeanor and his success, especially in steering the events that led to the volatile 1964 Freedom Summer and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, paradoxically gave him a reputat ... More

Keywords: Robert Parris Moses, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee/SNCC, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Freedom Summer, Algebra Project, Grassroots leadership, Voting rights, Civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Ella Baker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627984
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Visser-Maessen, author