Civil rights pioneer and educator Robert Moses will highlight Forum on Social Change and Justice

Former director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organizer of the Freedom Riders, Moses will speak at UH Manoa on Lincoln's Birthday

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Feb 1, 2007

The UH Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies has scheduled an on-campus public appearance for civil rights pioneer Robert Moses at a Forum for Social Change, scheduled for Monday, February 12, at Hemenway Theatre, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Moses was field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and director of SNCC‘s Mississippi Project where he helped to organize the historic Freedom Riders that sought to desegregate the south in the 1960s. In recent years, Moses has extended his leadership in civil rights and social justice to the cause of education reform and academic excellence, working with the nationally-acclaimed Algebra Project. The Project seeks to build mathematics literacy in U.S. schools. His lecture — free and open to the public — is entitled The Algebra Project: Radical Equations > Math Education > Civil Rights = Social Justice.

The public appearance by Moses is the culminating event in a program that will include a professional development and teacher training workshop at Kapiʻolani Community College on Saturday, February 10, followed by the second annual luncheon to benefit the Ah Quon McElrath Endowed Fund for Social Change. Moses will lead the workshop and is principal speaker at the luncheon.

The McElrath Fund was established at the UH Foundation with the assistance of the Ethnic Studies Department to honor and support Ah Quon McElrath‘s service and contributions to the state. The Fund supports student engagement through conferences, publications and internships.

Co-sponsoring organizations include the UH Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies, the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED), UH GEAR UP, the College of Education, the state Department of Education Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, ILWU Local 142, isisHawaii, and the Honolulu Chapter of the NAACP.

The fundraising luncheon at Kapiʻolani CC is open to the public — ticket purchase information at UH Manoa Ethnic Studies, 956-8086.