Norfolk Academy Brings Youth Advocate Wes Moore to Hampton Roads

Norfolk, VA, November 06, 2013 --( 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/
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