Within the wake of an extended historical past of police abuse in Baltimore, the killing of Freddie Grey felt like the ultimate straw — it led to per week of protests after which 5 days described alternately as a riot or an rebellion that set your entire metropolis on edge and caught the nation’s consideration.
Wes Moore — together with journalist Erica Inexperienced — captured the story of the Baltimore rebellion each by Moore’s personal observations and thru the eyes of different Baltimoreans within the e-book, “5 Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American Metropolis.” On Thursday, April eight at 5 p.m., Vail Symposium welcomes Wes Moore together with Colorado Public Radio’s Jo Ann Allen for a dialogue about protests, actions and the hope of peace.
“Was it naïve to assume that by the 21st century America would have eradicated inequality and poverty?” requested director of programming Claire Noble. “As inequality in America worsens and equity stays elusive, maybe now could be the time to ask what we as residents can do about it. Wes Moore has lived it, studied it, and written about it and in his dialog with Jo Ann Allen will share his ideas about how we transfer ahead as a united nation.”
Since Grey’s dying 5 years in the past, there have been different high-profile deaths of African Individuals by the hands of legislation enforcement: Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, simply to call two. Subsequently, there have been protests, with the killing of Floyd sparking international protests regardless of the pandemic.
A difficulty adjoining to social justice is poverty — a scourge stalking tens of millions of Individuals. Whereas poverty impacts all races, genders, and age teams, it comes down hardest on minorities with poverty charges for Native Individuals and Blacks practically twice that of Whites. Moore operates in each spheres, shining a lightweight on social justice protests, whereas additionally actively combating poverty by his work with Robin Hood. This program will contemplate the deeper causes of the violence and reveal glimmers of hope within the aftermath of a summer season of fury.
Moore is the chief govt officer of Robin Hood, one of many largest anti-poverty forces within the nation. He’s a bestselling creator, a fight veteran and a social entrepreneur.
Moore’s first e-book, “The Different Wes Moore,” a perennial New York Occasions bestseller, captured the nation’s consideration on the fantastic line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by govt producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made right into a film. He’s additionally the creator of the bestselling books “The Work,” “Discovering Wes Moore,” “This Approach House” and the just lately launched, “5 Days.”
Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, the place he was raised by a single mother. Regardless of childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Army School in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins College in 2001. He earned an MLitt in Worldwide Relations from Oxford College as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Military’s 82nd Airborne Division, together with a fight deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White Home Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Earlier than changing into CEO at Robin Hood, Moore was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an training platform based mostly in Baltimore addressing the school completion and job placement disaster by reinventing freshman yr for underserved college students. BridgeEdU was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based scholar monetary success and emergency support agency, in June 2019. Moore has additionally labored in finance as an funding banker with Deutsche Financial institution in London and with Citigroup in New York. Moore lives in Baltimore together with his spouse and two youngsters.
Jo Ann Allen is a information host on Colorado Public Radio Information; she joined CPR in 2015. Allen has greater than 4 many years of public radio expertise, together with internet hosting “Morning Version,” “All Issues Thought of” and “Weekend Version” at WNYC in New York Metropolis for 18 years, WHYY in Philadelphia and KPBS in San Diego. She started her profession as a reporter and host at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison. She is the host of the unbiased podcast “Been There Performed That,” which gives tales concerning the Child Growth Technology.
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