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Civil Rights Movement Leader Moses Honored at Southern Miss

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Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, spoke with members of the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg communities following a portrait unveiling and dinner held in his honor March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The portrait of Moses was painted by Robert Shetterly as part of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth – Models of Courageous Citizenship” series, which includes paintings that present citizens who courageously engage issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. Learn more about the project at

Moses served as field secretary for the civil rights movement’s Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and later became a key organizer in the Freedom Summer Movement, with both initiatives aimed at registering black voters in the segregated South. Today he continues his work leading the Algebra Project, which is designed to improve math education among disadvantaged youth. (Southern Miss photo by Kelly Dunn)