The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

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Artist: Wes moore

Year: 2012

Date of Action: November, 11 2012

Region: North America

Location: Springfield, MA

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Springfield School Boards

Description of Artwork: Two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low, and busi­ness leader. The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der. Here is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation. Told in alter­nat­ing dra­matic nar­ra­tives that take read­ers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of sur­pris­ing redemp­tion, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a gen­er­a­tion of boys try­ing to find their way in a chal­leng­ing and at times, hos­tile world.

The Incident: Board members of the Springfield board of education attempted to ban "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" from the 10th grade English curriculum due to "dark themes".

Results of Incident: The book remained on the reading list despite criticism.