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Wes Moore: One name, two very different stories

Wes Moore

Who is Wes Moore? He is a Rhodes scholar, a decorated combat veteran, a television host and a bestselling author. Wes Moore is also a convicted felon serving a life sentence for murder. The author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, the 2013 Common Reading selection, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Mack Ballroom in Umphrey Lee Center August 29. Friends of the SMU Libraries was among the sponsors of the program, which was also streamed live online. Author Moore and his unfortunate counterpart both endured rough childhoods in Baltimore. Using alternating narratives, Moore chronicles how their paths diverged so radically and led to his success and the other Wes Moore's failure. "Potential is universal; opportunity is not," Moore said. He challenged students in the audience to think about their post-SMU futures in terms of what they can do "to make the world better."