Best-selling author Wes Moore to lecture at San Jacinto College

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New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Wes Moore will visit the San Jacinto College Central Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 30 for a special lecture event.

Moore’s best-selling book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” illustrates the power of choices and the lasting effects they leave. Growing up in a single-parent household in Baltimore, being drawn toward trouble as a young teenager, Moore’s mother was ultimately forced to enroll him in military school – a single, determined choice he believes changed the course of his life. At the same time, Moore looks at a man who shares almost an identical story, whose name is also Wes Moore. Both grew up in the same neighborhood with the same circumstances, however, this “other Wes Moore” is now serving a life sentence without parole on murder charges. Moore’s story addresses the importance of support systems such as family, mentors, and teachers and the impact they have on one’s life.

“Having a mentor is having a role model and friend in one,” said Moore. “This person is not just an understanding set of ears, but someone who challenges you and someone with whom you wonder and brainstorm. For students, there is nothing more powerful than finding the people who push you to think and grow into the person you want to become. For returning veterans in particular, having a mentor is vital to helping them realize the versatility and power of their talents, and the importance their past experiences bring to their current journeys in forging their own path with their own goals.”

Moore graduated as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from John Hopkins University in 2001. In 2004, he completed a Master of Letters in international relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2005-2006, he was a paratrooper and captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, and that same year became a White House Fellow, serving as a special assistant to then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30, Moore is passionate about supporting U.S. veterans and examining the roles education, mentoring, and public service play in the lives of American youth. Recently, Oprah Winfrey and HBO films optioned the movie rights to “The Other Wes Moore” and filming for his compelling story began this October.

Moore’s lecture, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the San Jacinto College Central Campus Slocomb Auditorium (building 12). A book signing will follow at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item(s) for the campus food pantry. The Central Campus is located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena, Texas. For more information on this speaker, visit apbspeakers.com and follow Wes Moore on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheOtherWesMoore and Twitter at twitter.com/wesmoore1.

This is event is part of the San Jacinto College Veterans in Our Community film festival, honoring all U.S. veterans and active service members through compelling documentaries and celebrated Hollywood films. For more information and a full listing on upcoming film festival events, visit sanjac.edu/vetsfest.