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URBAN EXPRESS is a literary series focusing on writing as a powerful tool of expression. Noted national authors will inspire and encourage audiences to share ideas through writing in the hope that literary expression will be a first step to action for change in Charm City.
Support for URBAN EXPRESS provided by Maryland Humanities Council.
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, and social entrepreneur. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
He graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, BA/International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University. After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice.
He serves on the board of the The Johns Hopkins University and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Two kids 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?
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.