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Bob Moses (b. 1935) - The Educator
“The leadership is there. If you go out and work with your people, then the leadership will emerge… We don’t know who they are now; we don’t need to know. But the leadership will emerge from the movement that emerges."
Bob Moses is a towering figure of the civil rights movement. He was a grassroots organizer who believe that the leaders of tomorrow emerged from the community. This vision transpires within his early activism work as a student organizer during the civil rights movement registrating voters in the South or denouncing white violence, but also in the Algebra Project. The latter is about more than teaching math to low income high schoolers of color. It's about equity in education, and guarantteeing everyone's right to fully participate in our society.
The champion: David Mendels
David Mendels spent 25 years in tech leading teams and companies at Macromedia, Adobe, and most recently as CEO of Brightcove. Here is what he has to say about Resilient Coders:
"I was in the right place at the right time--San Francisco in the early '90s--and had the right background to easily get started in tech and have an amazing and fulfilling career. But it's clear this is opportunity is not equally shared in our society. Young people in communities with entrenched poverty and a long history of discrimination just don't get the same opportunities. That is wrong. Resilient Coders is the best organization I know working to address that inequity. It is a rare actual win-win. Young people get a chance at a great career that they have otherwise effectively been locked out of--its life changing; Boston area companies get great talent that they otherwise could not find. And the whole community and ecosystem is better for it."