Motivational speaker, military combat veteran and author Wes Moore published his book, “The Other Wes Moore” in 2010 and it instantly became a New York Times bestseller.
A Baltimore County native, Moore believes that it is important to share his story with not only the world, but especially those living in the same place that gave him the opportunity to do so.
“Because when we’re talking about neighborhoods and dynamics, for a lot of other students they can imagine them,” Moore said. “For the students here at Towson, they see them, they know them, they know these places and it really means a lot because I also know the impact that they’re going to make is not just going to be made in a far distant land, when the impact they are going to make is going to directly effect our neighbors, our kids, and our citizens.”
Moore spoke to Towson University students and staff on Tuesday in SECU Arena about his novel that tells a unique story.
Shortly after being accepted into Oxford University, Moore learned about a bank robbery and murder in Baltimore committed by a man who was also named Wes Moore. After tirelessly researching the case he was able to meet the other Wes Moore, and from his experiences talking with him, wrote his novel, “The Other Wes Moore.”
“It motivates me as much as I hope that this story can motivate others,” Moore said.
Moore’s novel has become required reading in classrooms across the nation, and aims to demonstrate that circumstances do not dictate the future.
As for the future of Baltimore, Moore would like to see more educational opportunities and higher standards for students. He challenged community members to have an honest conversation about raising their expectations for students nationwide.
“Part of the problem we have is that we have far too many kids who, it’s not like they are not meeting their expectations, they are meeting their expectations, and that is the problem. They are doing exactly what society is expecting them to do. Unfortunately, that means it is not good enough,” Moore said.
Moore shared that he also hopes that Towson students recognize that their impact on the world starts right now, and encouraged them not to wait to get involved.
“The fact that you’re a Towson student means that people are going to take what you say very seriously. The big question that you have to answer while you are a student here is ‘What am I going to do with that?’” he said.
Freshman Chris Noguera who attended the event said that he received a lot of insight into what college is truly about.
“When I first came here, I really did think it was just, ‘This is my major, I’m going to major in biology, and this is what I am going to do with myself,’ but he gave so much insight, he gave college a deeper meaning. Everything he said tonight was very inspirational,” Noguera said.
Moore’s visit to Towson not only inspired students like Noguera, but it also meant something special to Moore himself.
“It’s always great to talk to students, but I think the ability to talk to students for who this story and my story is so real, is especially pertinent and special for me,” he said.