A few years ago I met a person interested in working with young men who were being raised by their grandparents in Baltimore. His name was Wes Moore. He had grown up in Baltimore and saw many of his friends become involved in gangs and drugs. Many were being raised by grandmothers. He was interested in setting up a mentoring program for these boys. When I met with him a few times he talked about the book he was writing about another young man from his neighborhood who had the same name. This other Wes Moore was arrested for murder. He had never met the other Wes Moore but wondered how their life paths had gone so differently. He decided to try to find out more about the other Wes Moore and their discussions are the basis for his book called "The Other Wes Moore." If you want to hear an impressive person talk about the issues that impact inner city youth you won't hear anyone speak about it as eloquently as Wes Moore. Wes is speaking today at 12:45 at the Smith Theater at HCC. You won't be disappointed if you go.
Here is the description from HCC:
"Bestselling author Wes Moore will speak at Howard Community College Monday, November 3 about his journey as a young man with academic and behavioral struggles to a proud college graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and Army combat veteran. His book, The Other Wes Moore, chronicles his life and the life of another Baltimore man named Wes Moore, who now serves time in prison for murder. The book became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that conveys the importance of individual decisions as well as community support.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Smith Theatre, located in the Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Moore will be available afterward to sign books.
Moore’s next book, The Work, which will be released in January, looks at how Moore discovered meaning in his work and how he found that meaning in service. In addition to his books, Moore is the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS.
A graduate of Valley Forge Military College and Johns Hopkins University, Moore earned a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, Moore served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, participating in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Moore is committed to helping young people redirect their lives and supporting the parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers who care for, and work with, our nation’s youth. While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system and still exists today. More recently, Moore is the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college completion platform.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Other Wes Moore are being donated to the U.S. Dream Academy and City Year."