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“A man who said yes to life”: Wes Moore Thrills at Brookhaven College

9780385528207Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, recently spoke at Brookhaven College as part of their 2014 Common Reading program.  Nearly 700 students from Brookhaven and the surrounding Dallas County Community College Districts gathered in the school’s Performance Hall to hear Mr. Moore speak.  Introduced by Brookhaven English professor Hazel Carlos as “a man who said yes to life, who rebelled … who begged to be left to his own devices but could not because too many people had planned, sacrificed and lived for him,” Moore emphasized the importance of education, mentorship, service and social responsibility.  “The point of higher education,” Moore told the crowd, “is to understand what becomes all of our roles.”  The crowd erupted with applause as Moore’s talk concluded by speaking specifically to his support of community colleges.

The Other Wes Moore, named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book and winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for Nonfiction, has been selected for common reading at nearly thirty colleges and universities.

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Brookhaven College (TX) Selects The Other Wes Moore As 2013 Common Reader

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Joining the ranks of nearly 30 schools, such as the University of California, Los Angeles, Marquette University and Goucher College, Brookhaven College has selected The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Reading book.  According to Nelda Contreras, chair of Brookhaven’s Open Book Committee, the school is working on inventive programming such as panel discussions, contests and service-learning tie-ins to augment the book.  Their 2012 pick was In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.

The Other Wes Moore was the winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for nonfiction, and was named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book.

Click here to view a video of author Wes Moore.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to learn about Brookhaven’s Open Book Program.

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