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Remembering Bob Moses
The following letter to the editor by Michael Jacoby Brown of Arlington was first published in the July 28 Boston Globe, and is republished with the author's permission. The letter is in response to this Globe news story.
"The ball bounces, and the movement reverberates"
Bob Moses was my hero. So, when he was sitting in the kitchen at a friend’s wedding reception, I was in awe. “What should I do?” I asked my friend. “Go say hello.” So I did, and Moses wrote down his contact information on a small paper dinner plate that I have kept on my wall.
He was my inspiration. On Sunday, while knocking on doors in Dorchester, I thought of his organizing advice. I recalled a story in which someone asked him how he organized. “You stand on a street and bounce a ball,” he said. “Soon all the children come around. . . . Before long, it runs under someone’s porch and then you meet the adults.”
On Sunday, there was a 3-year-old boy and his mom kicking a rainbow-colored ball in their yard and we talked over the fence. Bob Moses’s spirit was in that place.
This letter was published Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
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