Hundreds lined up to get author Wes Moore’s autograph after a successful evening, capping off Metropolitan Community College-Longview’s annual community-wide Common Read.
Moore’s book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” was the semester’s featured reading. It is the third year, the campus has partnered with various community groups to present a spring convocation, featuring a “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.
Below is a look back in pictures at convocation night, April 18, featuring Moore as a guest speaker. The night is one of the highlights of MCC-Longview’s annual Homecoming week.
Moore shared his thoughts about what the Common Read initiative has meant to him:
- “I have been really humbled that the book has been selected by quite a few colleges and universities.”
- “The thing I love about it is that the experience still is unique. The experience is really focused on the college, the community and the student body that is receiving it.”
- “Every time is a special experience.”
- “One of the joys of this work is getting to spend time with students, answer questions, hear their thoughts about how they saw themselves in the lives of these two kids.”
Click here to read the previous story about the Common Read and Homecoming this year.
For the full photo album on Facebook, click here.
MCC-Longview thanks Wes Moore and its community partners: 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.