Author Wes Moore Visits H-SC

On Thursday, January 20, author Wes Moore will speak at Hampden-Sydney College.

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader and author. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates is his first book. A Rhodes Scholar who served as a U.S. Army Captain in Afghanistan and worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow, Moore was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, was one of Ebony magazine's "Top 30 Leaders Under 30" for 2007, and was selected by Crain's New York Business as one of their "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in 2009. He currently serves as an investment professional in New York.

The Other Wes Moore is the dramatic, true story of two boys with the same name-one boy becomes the first African-American Rhodes Scholar ever from Johns Hopkins University while the other boy serves a life sentence in prison.

In late 2000, the Baltimore Sun published an article with the headline "Local Graduate Named Rhodes Scholar." That article was about Wes Moore, the author of this book.  At the same time, the same newspaper ran a series of articles about a jewelry store robbery that ended in the tragic murder of a police officer.  These articles were about another Wes Moore-just two years older and living in the same neighborhood-who would spend his life in prison.

For years, as his life took him around the world, from Oxford to a tour of duty in Afghanistan to the White House and Wall Street, the author of this book couldn't shake the memory of the other man with his name, who was destined to spend the rest of his days in a prison cell.  Wes was haunted by a simple question-how could two boys who had so much in common have such radically different futures? Moore decided to write to the other Wes Moore in prison.  The two began a deepening relationship consisting of letters and visits, during which both men grappled with the experiences that had shaped their fates.  Violence, drugs, single mothers, uninformed choices, mentors, and simple luck all played critical roles in their development.

"When I started to read Wes' manuscript, I could not set it down! This compelling narrative is enlightening, encouraging and empowering.  Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy.  Internalize the meaning of this remarkable story and unleash your own power." -Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword.

Moore will share his experiences at 11:30 AM in Johns Auditorium. The community is invited.