While California schools are Robert P. Moses argues that poor communities must build more math and science programs.
“I believe the absence of math literacy in urban and rural communities throughout this country is an issue as urgent as the lack of registered Black voters in Mississippi in 1961,” Moses wrote in his 2001 co-authored book, Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project.
Math and science, he says, are the ways to lift communities economically and he has developed programs to foster middle school algebra as a key to future success.
Moses was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) Mississippi Project in the 1960s and he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work.
The fifth Tony Hill award will also be given at the annual MLK Convocation. Last year's winner was former foster child and chid advocate Deutron Kebebew.