A number of faculty members from Browning attended the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) in June, 2010, where author Wes Moore served as a guest speaker. So inspired were they that they recommended Mr. Moore’s book, The Other Wes Moore, to those committee members at Browning who annually select a Common Book for summer reading by faculty, students (Forms II through VI) and Trustees. Sarah Murphy, head librarian, arranged for Mr. Moore to visit Browning on October 14 and speak to the entire school community, all of whom were thrilled to meet the Common Book 2011 author in person and hear his inspiring words for themselves. He was accompanied by his publisher, Cindy Spiegel of Spiegel & Grau, who led one of the discussions with him. Ms. Spiegel is a Brearley classmate of Liane Pei, Browning's Director of Admissions.
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Sarah noted, “Wes Moore is a former Rhodes Scholar and an accomplished soldier, businessman and orator (he was a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2008). Mr. Moore has recently published a book, The Other Wes Moore, in which he tells his own story alongside that of another young man named Wes Moore. The two Moores were born a few blocks from each other in Baltimore, but as children their paths never crossed, and their lives - despite similar beginnings and backgrounds - have little in common. Mr. Moore found out about the man who shared his name through a television news piece. The other Wes Moore was convicted of murdering a police officer and is currently serving a life sentence. Several years ago, Mr. Moore began corresponding with the man who shares his name. Letters led to visits, and visits led to a book.”
For more information about Mr. Moore and his book, check out his website at www.theotherwesmoore.com