The Curious Autodidact

March 17, 2013

Educational Influence in the Lives of Urban Youth

Filed under: book related,social justice — Honilima @ 2:31 pm


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Reading Makes me Wanna Holler years ago gave me a look at a young man’s path and how it could get off track and again back on against all odds. Meeting Nathan McCall when he was on his book tour touched my life.

Wes Moore’s book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates” tells the tale of how his life was altered from that of another young African American who also grew up in Baltimore whose name he shared. The other Wes Moore he writes about was not a Rhodes Scholar or a White House Fellow, he is serving life in prison.

Here’s a student’s book review from Seattle Pacific University.

This is a very moving look at how education and family involvement can cause two young men to move in two entirely different directions and leads to great discussions of our need to support young people throughout all communities.

For a glimpse into this book listen to this lecture he gave at the NW African American Museum in Seattle.


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