Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Book, One Community

“The Other Wes Moore” is the story of two kids growing up in the same city and facing many of the same challenges. As adults, one ends up working at the White House and the other spends his time in prison. They’re both named Wes Moore. The book is author Wes Moore’s exploration of his life compared to a kid he first read about in the newspaper. It tackles decisions and outcomes as framed in urban America. It is the featured book for One Book, One Community, a program that encourages Sumner County residents to read the same book and join in conversation. Vol State is partnering with area libraries and hosting a discussion series, open to everyone, to highlight issues raised in “The Other Wes Moore”.

Here is a description of the book from the author website:

“Over dozens of let­ters and prison vis­its, Wes dis­cov­ered that the other Wes had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in sim­i­lar neigh­bor­hoods and had dif­fi­cult child­hoods, both were father­less; they’d hung out on sim­i­lar cor­ners with sim­i­lar crews, and both had run into trou­ble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across sim­i­lar moments of deci­sion, yet their choices and the peo­ple in their lives would lead them to aston­ish­ingly dif­fer­ent destinies.”

The discussion series is free and open to the public.

February 10     Film: “American Promise”, two showings, noon and 3:30 p.m., Thigpen Library                                 

February 16     Effects and possible solutions to the issue of “deadbeat dads”, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center

February 24     Tense relationships between the police and the African-American community and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center
March 2           The effects of Hip-Hop on Society, 9 a.m., Pickel Field House

March 19         Fear of (or low expectations of) young African-American males and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center

March 24         Final discussion: Lessons learned and where do we go from here?
6 p.m., Thigpen Library

One Book, One Community is a partnership between Thigpen Library, Sumner County Schools, and the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House. More information and a reading guide can be found at or by calling 615-230-3461.

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