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Veteran Civil Rights Leader Moses to be Honored with Portrait Unveiling

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Robert Moses
Robert Moses, an icon of the civil rights movement, will be honored with a portrait unveiling at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, will be honored with a portrait unveiling at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi 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. The series also includes a depiction of the late Clyde Kennard, an African-American who unsuccessfully attempted to enroll at Southern Miss in the 1950s during the era of segregation. Learn more about the project at http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/.

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.

For more information on this event, contact the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028.