Robert Parris Moses : a life in civil rights and leadership at the grassroots /

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Author / Creator:Visser-Maessen, Laura, author.
Imprint:Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
Description:xvii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject:Moses, Robert Parris.
Moses, Robert Parris.
African American civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi.
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
African American civil rights workers.
African Americans.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Civil rights movements.
Civil rights workers.
Race relations.
Mississippi -- Race relations.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"This new biography casts Moses in a new light, revealing him as a far more strategic, calculating, and hands-on organizer than in previous portrayals of him as an idealist and saintly figure"--
Summary:One of the most influential leaders in the civil rights movement, Robert Parris Moses was essential in making Mississippi a central battleground state in the fight for voting rights. As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Moses presented himself as a mere facilitator of grassroots activism rather than a charismatic figure like Martin Luther King Jr. His self-effacing demeanor and his success, especially in steering the events that led to the volatile 1964 Freedom Summer and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, paradoxically gave him a reputation of nearly heroic proportions. Examining the dilemmas of a leader who worked to cultivate local leadership, historian Laura Visser-Maessen explores the intellectual underpinnings of Moses's strategy, its achievements, and its struggles.<br> <br> <br> <br> This new biography recasts Moses as an effective, hands-on organizer, safeguarding his ideals while leading from behind the scenes. By returning Moses to his rightful place among the foremost leaders of the movement, Visser-Maessen testifies to Moses's revolutionary approach to grassroots leadership and the power of the individual in generating social change.<br> <br>
Physical Description:xvii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.