Norfolk, VA, November 06, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On Sunday, November 17th, youth advocate and New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore will address a sold-out crowd in Norfolk Academy’s S.C. Johnson Theater. Moore will speak about the transformative power of education. The event is open to the public, but tickets are required. Wes Moore is the inaugural speaker for the school’s new Academy Forum Speaker Series.
Moore’s book, "The Other Wes Moore," tells the true story of two boys with the same name growing up in the city of Baltimore. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Both had the same starting point—growing up in similar neighborhoods and experiencing difficult childhoods. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar crossroads, yet their educational direction, their choices, and the people in their lives would lead them to astonishingly different destinies. A portion of all book proceeds for "The Other Wes Moore" is being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy. A movie based on the book is currently in production.
“Mr. Moore’s message is one that resonates deeply with us and aligns with our school’s mission. We want to help champion that message throughout Hampton Roads,” said Headmaster Dennis Manning. “The idea that your choices early in life, your educational path, and the expectations of the adults and peers that surround you can have such a dramatic effect on your life trajectory is an important message that all children and parents need to hear.”
On Monday, November 18, Moore will address Norfolk Academy students and faculty. After his talk he will conduct an interactive session with the students.
Wes Moore serves on the boards of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and The Johns Hopkins University and founded the organization STAND!, that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. He is also host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Norfolk Academy, Virginia’s first school, was chartered in 1728. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for approximately 1200 students in grades one through twelve. 1585 Wesleyan Drive /Norfolk, Virginia 23502-5591/757.461.6236/Fax 757.455.3181/www.norfolkacademy.org