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He’s not as sexy as Taiye Selasi, but Bob Moses will be reading from a recent book at Busboys and Poets tonight (7pm).

A MacArthur genius who became actively involved in mathematics, Moses first made his name as a Civil Rights activist in Mississippi in the 1960s.  He settled in Tanzania for several years in the 1970’s (where he also taught math).  I’ve read that he’s not a keen public speaker, but Bob Moses has lived a fascinating (and seemingly selfless) life and I imagine his remarks will be compelling.  If anyone attends, please comment on the reading.

http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/a-conversation-with-bob-moses-and-junot-diaz

For anyone interested in post-independence black American settlers in Africa, I highly recommend this book by Kevin Gaines (Ghana).  Hopefully someone will soon write the history of the Pan-African Skills Project and similar movement to Tanzania.

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