Best-selling author Wes Moore coming to Kokomo for student convocation, community dinner

Best-selling author Wes Moore

Best-selling author Wes Moore

KOKOMO, Ind. — Two men. One name. Two very different fates.

One is a best-selling author, Rhodes Scholar, Army officer, businessman and host of a television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network – an American success story.

The other, a convicted murderer in prison serving a life sentence without parole.

How these two men with the same name happened to end up where they are is the subject of the New York Times bestseller “The Other Wes Moore.”  Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is bringing author Wes Moore to share this story with area students and community members on Jan.  24, 2014, for its 10th annual “Doing the Dream” event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  An afternoon student convocation followed by evening activities are planned at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road.

Community members, especially teachers, counselors, mentors, church leaders, government leaders and anyone interested in the future of young people, are invited to attend the “Evening with Wes Moore.” Reservations for the evening events can be made online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/wesmoore.html. Tickets for the 7 p.m. dinner and keynote speech are $50 each ($25 tax deductible). Tickets that also include a pre-dinner reception with the author at 6 p.m., are available for $75 each ($40 tax deductible).

Considered an American success story, author Wes Moore wasn’t always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child; enough that his mother chose to enroll him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, defining event changed the course of his life.

The issue of choice is at the heart of Moore’s compelling keynote talks and his bestseller “The Other Wes Moore.” In his book, he tells the story of another Wes Moore — a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. Raised in the same Baltimore neighborhood by a single mother, this other Wes Moore arrived at a starkly different fate and is now serving a life sentence without parole. Moore wrote his book in an effort to explore how small choices can change the course of life.

Students from Ivy Tech and area high schools are invited to attend the free afternoon convocation to hear Moore share his inspiring life story and his belief in the transformative power of education. During the evening keynote speech, he will present the persuasive argument that it is support systems — dedicated networks of families, mentors, teachers, friends, colleagues — that have the most profound and lasting impact on one’s life. Drawing on his own experiences, he stresses the vitality of leadership in every community, from the smallest school to the largest Fortune 500 corporation.

Ivy Tech’s 2014 “Doing the Dream” activities are being presented with the support of NIPSCO and the Community Foundation of Howard County.

To view a brief video previewing Moore’s message, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo/wesmoore.html.  For more information on the Ivy Tech “Doing the Dream” activities, contact Dr. Leo Studach at 574-753-5101, ext. 2209 or lstudach@ivytech.edu .

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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