The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Center for American Progress, and the Open Society Foundations host a conversation with Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author, and Michel Martin, host of NPR's "Tell Me More." The one-on-one interview will explore our nation's pursuit of justice and equality.
Moore's book The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates is frequently used to engage national dialogue on issues that include education, poverty, race, and crime.
Michel Martin is host of "Tell Me More," the one-hour daily NPR news and talk show that made its national premiere in 2007 on public radio stations around the country. Martin has spent more than 25 years as a journalist and joined NPR from ABC News, where she served as correspondent for "Nightline" from 1996 to 2006. Martin has been honored by numerous organizations, including winning an Emmy, when at ABC, for her coverage of the international campaign to ban the use of landmines; the Candace Award for Communications from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women; and a 2002 Silver Gavel Award, given by the American Bar Association.
Wes Moore is a youth advoÂcate, Army comÂbat vetÂeran, promisÂing busiÂness leader and author.
Moore gradÂuÂated Phi Theta Kappa as a comÂmisÂsioned offiÂcer from ValÂley Forge MilÂiÂtary ColÂlege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins UniÂverÂsity in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in InterÂnaÂtional RelaÂtions. At Johns Hopkins he was honÂored by the MaryÂland ColÂlege FootÂball Hall of Fame. He comÂpleted an MLitt in InterÂnaÂtional RelaÂtions from Oxford UniÂverÂsity as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore was a paraÂtrooper and CapÂtain in the United States Army, servÂing a comÂbat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd AirÂborne DiviÂsion in 2005â€“2006. Moore spearÂheaded the AmerÂiÂcan strategic supÂport plan for the Afghan RecÂonÂcilÂiÂation ProÂgram that unites forÂmer insurÂgents with the new Afghan GovÂernÂment. He is recÂogÂnized as an authorÂity on the rise and ramÂiÂfiÂcaÂtions of radical Islamism in the WestÂern HemiÂsphere. A White House FelÂlow from 2006â€“2007, Moore served as a SpeÂcial AssisÂtant to SecÂreÂtary of State Condoleezza Rice. FolÂlowÂing his time at the White House, Moore became an investÂment proÂfesÂsional in New York at CitÂiÂgroup, focusÂing on global technology and alterÂnaÂtive investÂments. In 2009 he was selected as an Asia SociÂety FelÂlow. Moore was named one of Ebony magazine's "Top 30 Leaders Under 30" for 2007 and Crain's New York BusiÂness' "40 Under 40 RisÂing Stars" in 2009.
Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, outlines one of the key differences between himself and another man named Wes Moore who, despite growing up at the same time in the same neighborhood, is currently serving a life sentence in jail. He argues that young men instinctively crave structure and responsibility, and while he found it at military school, the other Wes found it working as a drug dealer.