In 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran an article about Wes Moore receiving The Rhodes Scholarship in spite of his troubled past. At the same time, it ran a story about four young men arrested for murder, one of whom shared his name – “the other” Wes Moore.
The two Moores were from the same neighborhood and around the same age, but the similarities ended there. The Rhodes Scholar wrote a book about the “consequences of personal responsibility and the imperativeness of education and community for a generation of boys searching for their way.”
Moore is a former paratrooper, Rhodes Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Johns Hopkins University, TV analyst and youth advocate. He will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Pierson Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
Parking at the University Center and Cherry Street Garage is free during the event. For additional details, visit the Division of Diversity’s website or call (816) 235-6704.
Currently more than 30 faculty are using “The Other Wes Moore” as part of their fall curriculum, culminating with the Social Justice Lecture.
A panel discussion on “Race, Space and the Role of Mentoring” with university faculty and staff will take place from 12 – 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Student Union, room 402. Also, the Miller Nichols Library will hold a book discussion from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the iX Theater, MNL.