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 Policy Order Resolution
  O-30
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  February 9, 2015
VICE MAYOR BENZAN

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge would like to recognize Dr. Robert "Bob" Parris Moses and Dr. Janet Moses for their tremendous contributions to the continuing civil rights movement and their unwavering dedication to the progress of all Cambridge residents by renaming the Area IV Youth Center the "Dr. Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center;" and

WHEREAS:

Bob and Janet were both prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement who served as field secretaries for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a position that allowed them to initiate SNCC's Mississippi Voter Registration Project in 1961, and saw Bob become its director in 1962; and

WHEREAS:

A speaker at the first national student rally against the war in Vietnam (organized by Students for a Democratic Society, SDS, Spring 1965), Bob joined Staughton Lynd, Dave Dellinger and Women's Strike For Peace to organize The Congress of Unrepresented People, spoke out against the war (1965-'66), and left the country in August 1966 when ordered to report to the Army; and

WHEREAS:

He and his wife, Dr. Janet Jemmott Moses, made their way to Tanzania where they served as teachers for its Ministry of Education until 1976; and

WHEREAS:

Bob and Janet returned to the Area IV neighborhood in Cambridge with their family (Maisha, Omo, Taba and Malaika) where Bob returned to Harvard's Ph.D. Philosophy program in the summer of 1976 to study W.V.O. Quine's philosophy of mathematics; and

WHEREAS:

While Janet worked with the children on their language arts, Bob organized their mathematics education and used a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87) to enter the King Open School as a parent volunteer, teach children algebra, and initiate the Algebra Project and the use of mathematics as an organizing tool for a Quality Public School Education (QECR) for all students; and

WHEREAS:

With support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2002, the AP has been working with cohorts of high school students who previously performed in the lowest quartile on standardized exams; this work has led AP to propose a math high school "benchmark" for bottom quartile students: that they graduate high school on time, in four years, ready to do college math for college credit; and

WHEREAS:

The Algebra Project is primarily responsible for the birth of The Young People's Project (YPP) in Cambridge; over the years, the AP has provided funding, technical assistance, professional development, mentoring and the guidance that has allowed YPP to grow and develop; and

WHEREAS: It is the mission of YPP to use math literacy as a tool to develop young leaders and organizers who radically change the quality of education and life in the Cambridge community so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential; and
WHEREAS:

Bob recently celebrated his 80th birthday at the MIT Media Lab with his loved ones and the greater Cambridge community; now therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the City of Cambridge go on record congratulating him on his 80th birthday and commending Dr. Robert "Bob" Parris Moses and Dr. Janet Moses for serving as role models to countless young men and women across the country and in the City of Cambridge; and be it further
 ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments and determine the feasibility of renaming the Area IV Youth Center the "Dr. Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center" in honor of these two great community leaders, and report back to the Council.

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