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The Other Wes Moore and Oprah

Oprah alert! Author Wes Moore will be on the Oprah Winfrey Show today speaking about his new book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

Bringing issues of identity, diversity, education and service to new light in a unique and intriguing way, the book tells the story of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, a decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader.  The other is serving a life sentence in prison.

Additionally, be sure to read Mr. Moore’s original piece, A Message to Educators, on the RHI Magazine blog, in which he addresses the needs of American school systems saying: “I am living proof that a support system of family, mentors and educators is critical for success and as such, have the most tremendous respect for those of you who give tirelessly of yourselves to improve the future of a child.”

Mr. Moore will be speaking at the 2011 First-Year Experience conference next February, so mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss it.


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Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands a nationwide common read!


2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award winner

2003 San Diego Magazine’s Book Award for Fiction

2002 Deadly Pleasures’ Best U.S. First Novel

Inspired by real events, Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands is a novel that tackles race politics in the pre-Civil Rights South unlike any other book in recent memory.

A wise and luminous story about a northern family, a souther town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage, the book is told from the point of view of a little girl who is witness to the lynching of a black man. From the arrival of noteworthy figures such as Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, and Mr. Hoover’s FBI, to the expressed opinions and actions of the everyday town citizen, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands will give students a solid sense of the events, people and national mood of this volatile and chaotic period in American history.

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