In the spring of 2007, Bob Moses reached out to Jean, asking if she would be willing to serve on the Board of Directors of the Algebra Project. Jean joined the Board from August 2007 to May 2013, and between 2013 and 2022, Jean continued her support of the project’s mission as an advisor. During this time she invigorated our infrastructure planning, fundraising development and national organizing strategies. She brought her decades of principled commitment to, and knowledge of, grassroots social justice organizing at a critical time for the project’s evolution. She was instrumental in shaping the AP’s 25th anniversary conference in Jackson, MS in 2008, and up to the winter of 2022 Jean championed Bob Moses’ and the Algebra Project’s call to the nation to establish a guarantee of quality K-12 public school education as a Constitutional Right for all children in America. As important as her strategic and operational guidance always has been, Jean’s kindness, clarity of purpose and no nonsense encouragement to move forward effectively has always been paramount. We will carry Jean’s memory in our hearts, and she will be sorely missed.
–The Algebra Project
Like Bob, Jean was a consummate organizer–a weaver, looking for ways in which she could connect movement fragments to form a larger tapestry for social change–in this instance a commitment to a quality education for all children, especially those in the bottom quartile of the country’s educational hierarchy. For 15 years, first as a member of the board and later as an advisor to Project through her unwavering support and her wise council, Jean was a steady keel. Bob recognized her as a comrade who shared a deeply held belief in the power of grassroots organizing, and as a friend whose kindness and generosity of spirit were boundless.