Special MLK Program Luncheon
Activism in the Era of MLK, A Conversation with Bob and Janet Moses, and Topper Carew
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
11:45am-1pm (hot lunch served starting 11:45am, program begins 12:10pm)
MIT Student Center Mezzanine Lounge, W20-307
Please RSVP here: http://diversity.mit.edu/event/mlk-1010/
Join us for a conversation with activists who worked in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and other organizations alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders in the 1960s. Dr. Janet Moses is a pediatrician who worked in MIT Medical, Topper Carew is a filmmaker and Principal Investigator in the Media Lab, and Dr. Robert Moses is founder of the Algebra Project. All were active in Freedom Summer.
DR. TOPPER CAREW is currently a Visiting Researcher/Scholar at the MIT Media Lab. He has earned degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from Yale and has had fully supporting fellowships at MIT (Community Fellow) and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Broadcast Fellow). The former allowed Carew to complete three films and study at MIT’s then film school. The latter allowed him to spend time at the BBC/London and at the studios in Hollywood. He also has a Doctorate in Communications from the Union Graduate School/Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Carew started his film career by making documentaries about the relationship between neighborhood people and architecture, by using it as an empowerment, community organizing and fundraising tool, and by teaching film to inner city kids. He was founder and Director of The New Thing Art and Architecture Center, an arts program in the Adams Morgan section of Washington, D.C. Dr. Carew has won more than 40 film and television awards, and 8 Gold Medals for graphic design. He founded an independent production company, Rainbow Television Workshop. It produced series and movies for PBS, HBO, Showtime, Nick and The Disney Channel. Other projects have aired in prime time on ABC, NBC, and FOX. His theatrically released films include DC Cab (Universal Pictures) and Breakin‘ and Enterin’ (Shapiro/Glickenhaus). One of his prime time television series, Martin (FOX), enjoys the rarified distinction of having attained off network syndication (TNT,TV One, and MTV). Dr. Carew was appointed to a Presidential Commission on African American History and Culture. He has produced (8) national television series, (15) documentaries, 4 theatrically released films, 15 movies for television and 300 live concerts.
DR. ROBERT “BOB” MOSES and DR. JANET MOSES made tremendous contributions to the continuing civil rights movement. Their unwavering dedication to the progress of all Cambridge residents led to the Area IV Youth Center being renamed the “Dr. Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center”. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Bob recently celebrated his 80th birthday at the MIT Media Lab with his loved ones and the greater Cambridge community.