Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 7, 2013

Speaker: How right school changes a life

Times bestselling author, activist to speak at PA

Andover residents are invited to hear best-selling author Wes Moore, who will talk about how a subtle difference between himself and another Wes Moore led one to work in the White House and the other to prison for life. The difference? Moore believes it’s the school he attended after a troubled youth.

The youth advocate will speak on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Cochran Chapel, located on Chapel Avenue on the campus of Phillips Academy. The event, which is free and open to the public, kicks off a weekend-long 45th anniversary celebration of the Phillips Academy Af-Lat-Am Society.

“An Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, youth advocate, and business leader, Wes Moore is an American success story and a born leader—but he wasn’t always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son’s life,” according to a release from Phillips Academy. “It is no surprise, then, that Moore addresses this very issue of choice in his compelling keynote talks as well as in his New York Times bestseller, ‘The Other Wes Moore: One name, two fates.’

“In his book, he tells the fascinating story of another Wes Moore—a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. About the same age and raised in the same neighborhood by a single mother, this ‘other Wes Moore’ arrived at a starkly different fate: he now serves a life sentence without parole on murder charges.”

Compelled by their similar upbringings, Moore wrote his book to discover how small choices make big differences in life. A young adult version of the book, titled “Discovering Wes Moore,” was published in 2012, and movie rights to “The Other Wes Moore” have been optioned by Oprah Winfrey and HBO Films.

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