Renowned Author, Educator and Civil Rights Leader to Speak in Charleston on June 17

May 29, 2001

Robert P. Moses, author of "Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights" and founder of the Algebra Project, will be speaking in Charleston on Sunday, June 17, at Embassy Suites.  

A reception for the renowned author, educator and civil rights leader will be held beginning at 6 p.m. His address will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, but must RSVP before June 12 by calling 558-2440.  

The program is jointly sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The June 17 program is the first in a lecture series sponsored by the Department of Education and the Arts.  

Moses argues that “the ongoing struggle for citizenship and equality for minority people is now linked to an issue of math and science literacy.” In his book, he points out that “60 percent of new jobs will require skills possessed by only 22 percent of the young people entering the job market now.”  

The program is designed to highlight West Virginia's Project MERIT (Mathematics Education Reform Initiative for Teachers) initiative. Project MERIT is a statewide teacher enhancement grant funded by the WVDE and the National Science Foundation to enrich the content and strategies utilized by middle school math teachers.  

Invitations for the event have been mailed to legislators, community and government leaders and math educators across the state, including Project MERIT teachers.  

For more information about the program, contact the WVDE at 558-7805 or the Department of Education and the Arts at 558-2440.  

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