Acclaimed author Wes Moore headlines MCC-Longview Homecoming event

Oprah Winfrey says, “When you hear this story, it’s going to turn the way you think about free will and fate upside down,” (quote from www.oprah.com) and now Metropolitan Community College-Longview is honored to invite the public to hear Wes Moore’s story firsthand at its spring convocation, Tuesday, April 18.

 The free public event, to be held at the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road in Lee’s Summit, begins with a 5 p.m. reception. The convocation gets underway at 6 p.m.

Moore’s book, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” has been the “Common Read” book this semester at MCC-Longview. It is the third year, the campus has partnered with various community groups to present the spring convocation, featuring the “Common Read” author. MCC instructors in various disciplines have used the book in their classes, and related book discussion events have been held at Mid-Continent Public Library locations.

The book discusses how two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore set out to answer that.

An incredibly successful and sought-after speaker, Moore enters audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire, engage and captivate. He has been featured by USA TodayTime MagazinePeople MagazineMeet the PressThe Colbert Report, MSNBC and NPR, among many other media outlets. Moore is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS’s Coming Back with Wes Moore, which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Moore will speak to and take questions from about 50 high school students from the Belton and Lee’s Summit school districts.

To RSVP for the Wes Moore evening program, which will include a Q&A, go to mcckc.edu/events/lv-homecoming (scroll down to April 18).

The Wes Moore program is co-sponsored by Saint Luke’s East Hospital, FOCUS, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, John Knox Village, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and MCC-Longview Campus Life & Leadership.

The spring convocation is one of the signature events of MCC-Longview’s Homecoming week, which begins April 15 with the Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival. The purpose of Homecoming is to bring together students, community members, alumni and retirees for a week of activities that remembers the past as well as celebrates its future.

Get more details on MCC-Longview’s Homecoming festivities at mcckc.edu/events/lv-homecoming.