"We The People": Two For Princeton (William Alexander Percy vs John Doar)
A Lecture by Robert "Bob" Moses
Location: McCormick Hall 101
Date/Time: 04/10/12 at 4:30 pm - 04/10/12 at 6:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. This event will be photographed and videotaped.
“I shrug. There is only one thing I can do: listen to people, see how they stick themeselves into the world, hand them along a ways in their dark journey and be handed along, and for good and selfish reasons.” ~
Walker Percy, “The Moviegoer”, 1960
“The spirit of the Division lawyers assigned to enforce the Civil Rights Acts was governed by … a philosophy grounded in hope. This kind of hope is not the same as optimism. It is not a willingness to
invest in an enterprise that is obviously heralded for early success, but rather the ability to work hard for something because it makes sense, not because it stands a chance to succeed.” ~ John Doar, “The Work of the Civil Rights Division in Enforcing Voting Rights under the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960”: Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 25:1.
Robert “Bob” Parris Moses was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement as a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Moses initiated SNCC’s Mississippi voter registration project in the summer of 1961 and was appointed its director in 1962. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87), and subsequently started the Algebra Project. Moses is the author of Radical Equations—Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Beacon Press, 2001) and co-editor of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right-creating a grassroots movement to transform public schools (Beacon Press, 2010). Moses is currently the Distinguished Visitor for the Center for African American Studies.
Department: Center for African American Studies