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“Rest Easy, Baba”—Advancement Project Remembers Bob Moses


Alex Jordan


National civil rights organization memorializes an architect of Black liberation

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, civil rights champion Bob Moses, a civil rights leader and crusader for social justice and education, passed away at the age of 86. Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office, released the following statement reflecting on his impact on the Advancement Project and the broader racial justice movement:

“Bob Moses was an architect of the Black liberation struggle; his love of our movement was unwavering and his commitment to justice was eternal. Bob’s mentorship, wisdom, and kindness will be dearly missed.

“Bob understood our struggle was not confined to a single moment or generation; throughout his life, he worked diligently to identify and develop leaders from our communities—organizing Black folks in Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement, educating underserved youth through the Algebra Project, and mentoring organizers who were finding their voice after Trayvon Martin was murdered. A mathematician by trade, Bob brought his formidable analytical skills to bear for the struggle, developing visionary and impactful strategies to advance voting rights, win educational justice, and dismantle white supremacy.

“I had the honor of working with Bob as Advancement Project began toying with the concept of a fundamental right to education. Bob pushed us to be bold, and we carry his spirit onwards in our fight to win Police Free Schools that educate—not criminalize—youth of color, queer and trans youth, and disabled youth.

“We send our deepest condolences, love and prayer to Bob’s family and friends. Rest easy, Baba.”


 Advancement Project National Office is a next-generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. Visit to learn more.

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