UMSL celebrates MLK with Wes Moore

The St. Louis American

One Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Rhodes scholar, decorated combat veteran and now a TV host. Another Wes Moore is a convicted felon in prison for killing a police officer.

Westley Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore – the story of two young men with the same name growing up in the same neighborhood at the same time with two very different outcomes – will bring his message to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday observance at the University of Missouri–St. Louis on Monday, Jan. 20.

The event, “Is Dr. King’s Voice Still Speaking Today?”, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on UMSL’s North Campus. In addition to the speaker, the event includes music and dramatic presentations. It is free and open to the public.

Born in Baltimore in 1978, Westley Moore and his two sisters were raised by their widowed mother. There were tough times for the family, and Moore had academic and behavior problems in school. His mother sent him off to military school, and he ran away five times before his life turned around. He graduated with honors from the military school and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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