“The Other Wes Moore,” was the story of two boys by the name of Wes Moore, and how they grew up. Oddly enough, they had similar living situations. Neither of them financially had very much, and yet one got into dealing drugs and eventually landed in prison; while the other, the author of the book, became the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from John Hopkins U. To say their lives turned out differently would be an outrageous understatement.
Wes Moore, author of “The Other Wes Moore,” interviewed with a news panel on his book. The link to his interview can be found in the previous post.
On the panel, Wes describes how he came across the other Wes Moore, and how they started exchanging letters and became acquainted with one another. He found it interesting how each of them came to have such different lives when they had been dealt the similar hand of an absent father, single mother, and a few siblings.
Something I found interesting about this interview was the fact that Wes addressed the community as part of the reason he and the other Wes turned out so differently. He said, there was no single thing his mother or the other Wes’s mother could have done. He, himself was encouraged by the community and his grandparents to better himself, so he did. The other Wes, however, only had that encouragement from his older brother, Tony. Evidently, that encouragement was not enough for him. I found this odd because the vibe I got from his book was that it was ultimately their individual decisions that molded them, rather than the community.
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