Civil rights activist Bob Moses passes away at 86

Sadly, America just lost one of its most influential and impactful 60s-era civil rights activists.

According to the Washington Examiner, Bob Moses has died at his Hollywood, Florida home at the age of 86. His daughter made the official announcement over the weekend, though his cause of death is still unclear.

Moses, who was a Harvard-educated mathematician prior to establishing his reputation as a civil rights hero, is credited with making meaningful progress in the Black community when civil rights protests were so much more than political enemies calling each other racists.

His accomplishments have been well-documented at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, along with other attractions highlighting the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

An impressive resume

Moses began his career as a math instructor at Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York. While that was an impressive accomplishment on its own, it’s when Moses would pack up and head south to Mississippi to take part in the civil rights movement that truly bolstered his legacy.

The professor-turned-activist was credited with helping thousands of Black residents of the state register to vote — a crucially important and exceedingly dangerous undertaking at the time.

Moses rekindled his love of teaching by running freedom schools in the south, which were learning institutions where illiterate, impoverished people of color could go for an education that they likely would have never received.

During his tenure fighting for freedom in the south, Moses was active in a number of prominent and historically important groups, such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Council of Federated Organizations.

Moses also co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Tough as nails

During the turbulent era, Moses often found himself in violent situations with people who were clearly not fond of his work to help Black Americans register to vote and register in schools.

On one occasion, a violent protester struck Moses with a knife handle during a voter registration event. Even more scary was the time he was a passenger in a vehicle that was shot at by at least three members of the Ku Klux Klan, with one of the bullets narrowly missing his body.

Moses will undoubtedly be forever remembered in the history books for his paradigm-shifting work in the civil rights movement, and his family and friends should be proud of everything he managed to accomplish.

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