Rhodes Scholar, Army Captain, paratrooper and veteran of Afghanistan, Wes Moore is honored in Time as one of its New Greatest Generation (the story is behind a paywall). Moore has started a mentoring program for first time offenders in his native Baltimore.
Watch this video for more on the Time story, and then read what Moore's web site has to say about "The Other Wes Moore," his book about two people with the same name whose lives went in dramatically different directions:
In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore.
Wes just couldn’t shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen?
Moore will be speaking at IdeaFestival 2011.