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Welcome to the 2024 Bob Moses Legacy Conference.

Be our guest virtually and mark your calendar for
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - Sunday, April, 28, 2024.

The Bob Moses Legacy Conference is part of a series of conferences in honor of Robert Parris Moses, legendary Civil Rights leader and organizer and founder of The Algebra Project. The Bob Moses Legacy Conference convenes organizers, activists, researchers, educators, and students to examine and reframe the historical roots of the denial of full citizenship rights to African-descended Americans. 

Need Access to the 2024 Conference On-Demand?

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Empower Change:
Elevate Your Impact as a Bob Moses Conference Sponsor!

Bob Moses Legacy Conference SPONSORSHIPS ARE LIMITED!

We have a range of sponsorship packages designed to suit all your needs. The deadline to confirm your sponsorship has been extended to Friday, April 5th, 2024 to receive full sponsor benefits.

For additional questions, contact Dani Johnson, Special Gathering at


Why Support the Bob Moses Legacy Conference

The goal of the Conference series is to help us rethink and reframe our understanding of the deep roots of the country’s racial hierarchy. Perhaps Ella Baker said it best:


“ the process of wanting to change that system, how much have we got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from, and where we are going...I am saying as you must say, too, that in order to see where we are going, we must not only remember where we have been, but must understand where we have been.”

2024 Bob Moses Legacy Conference Overview

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The 3rd Bob Moses Conference Experience will be held virtually on April 27 and 28, 2024, and will focus on education and mass incarceration. We anticipate that the conference will contribute to building a platform for grassroots activism and policies crafted to truly undo the remnants of slavery. In order to chart a new course, we must understand where we have been.

Reconstruction presented a blueprint for the re-founding of a nation that no longer teetered atop the backs of 4 million enslaved Africans. This was to be a liberated nation, freed from the racial apartheid structures of its founding. Reconstruction placed the country at its most crucial and enduring crossroads: multiracial democracy rooted in the Bill of Rights, or a racially hierarchical society in which the descendants of the enslaved–as a group–would be locked into a status of second-class citizenship. Now, 158 years since the Civil War, the country continues to struggle at these crossroads such that while Black people experience America as a multiracial democracy when using public accommodations, and some for the purposes of their individual advancement, far too many experience the nation as a caste system for purposes of their education, and the likelihood of their imprisonment.


Today, most of the worst of American K-12 public education is offered to children in Black schools, for the descendants of people brought here forcibly for their manual labor in a system that no longer exists. In 1961, In his book, “Slums And Suburbs”, James Conant, President of Harvard noted, “As we now recognize so plainly, but so belatedly, a caste system finds its clearest manifestation in an educational system.” People are familiar with the characterization of bad schools being pipelines to prison. This is too simplistic: 66% of America’s prison population is Black and Latino. Black men, comprising 7% of America’s population comprise almost 40% of the country’s prison population! For these citizens in name, incarceration functions as internal deportation. We urgently need a vision and a plan for public education that will provide an alternative to the de facto current plan, of investing in imprisonment rather than in educational opportunity.


The Bob Moses Legacy Conference series is a serious attempt to support the thinking and doing necessary to help the country move in the direction of building a democracy in the spirit of Reconstruction. This is the work we would like to take on.



Supported by The Bob Moses Fund of the Cambridge Community Foundation, by donations from participants, and collaborating organizations and institutions. 

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2024 Acknowledgments

Updated:  March 2024


Conference Hosts


Cesar Chavez


Fannie Lou Hamer

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Ella Baker


Ida B. Wells

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Friends of 
Bob Moses

2024 Outreach Partners

Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History, Emeritus

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