Community Read – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Glenbard Parent Series has selected the compelling memoir The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates as its first semester community-wide read. GPS will host the book’s author, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, and decorated veteran, Wes Moore, in a special event on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 7 p.m., in a virtual event.
Two boys named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
The Other Wes Moore is a perennial New York Times bestseller, and captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. This story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. Moore is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, and This Way Home.
Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx and graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Wes is the former CEO of Robin Hood and the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis, where he remains chairman of the board. He has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York.
This event will be presented virtually, is free to the public to join. The link to log in to this webinar from your computer, tablet or phone is https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/81237927237