(BALTIMORE - June 16, 2008) - Wes Moore, 29, is an investment Banker for Citigroup. A Former White House Fellow, 2006-2007, Wes served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The White House Fellowship is one of the Nation’s most prestigious leadership and public service programs.
Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army Reserves, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. He served as the Director of Information Operations with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Wes spearheaded the American strategic support plan for the Afghan Reconciliation Program that unites former insurgents with the new Afghan Government.
Wes also completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame.
His troubled childhood led him to create an organization called STAND!, that works with youth involved in the criminal justice system. He is spearheading an initiative to bring a grand-family housing facility to Baltimore, Maryland and is authoring a book, published by Random House, entitled “Elevate: American Journeys into Manhood” due for a highly anticipated 2009 release.
Wes was named one of America’s Top 50 Bachelors by People Magazine in 2002, and was recently named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 for 2007.
TGR: Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Homicide
I imagine there is a sigh of relief for many – a gasp for air for others. A blow has been struck on behalf of the community, a majority black community in West Baltimore. The Case of Freddie Gray’s untimely death at the age of 25 has taken a second critical step towards justice.
The six officers involved in Gray’s death were indicted today. Read in Full >>
Statement from USM Chancellor Brit Kirwan to the Coppin State University Community: Appointment of Maria Thompson, Ph.D. as the next President of Coppin State University, Effective July 1, 2015
: Dr. Thompson for the past four years has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). As the chief academic officer for SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Thompson has led the educational mission for a public, regional comprehensive university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees to 6,000 students. She also spent 13 years as a leading administrator for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University, a historically black institution in Nashville, Tenn. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: A New Normal for Baltimore... and Beyond by Sen. Catherine Pugh
For those of us who live in Baltimore and love Baltimore, the last several weeks have brought us from the depths of despair and isolation to the heights of solidarity and hope for rebirth. As the light continues to shine on us, we have an opportunity to transform the character of the city by seriously welcoming, and making visible, two populations of people who can be key to our physical and moral recovery: college students and citizens with criminal records.
Baltimore is just as much a college town as Boston is, but we need to aggressively invite our thousands of graduating college students to stay in Baltimore and help us rebuild. These students can be the key to solving the problem of more than 16,000 boarded-up abandoned houses if we sell them houses for $1 in return for their commitment to renovate and invest in the city's future. We need their energy and imagination to restore Baltimore's greatness as an exciting and vibrant city. Read in Full >>
Former Sandtown-Winchester Transformation Project Advocates to Hold Press Conference at Noon, 1137 N. Gilmor Street: To address issues facing Sandtown residents from an indigenous perspective:
Cheatham, former President of the Baltimore NAACP, added, “We have called for a charrette to address the significant health disparities and are vehemently opposed to outside individuals wanting to be drum majors or saviors of communities in which they have no stock.”
Marvin Hayes has similar concerns, with a specific interest in engaging area youth. Hayes, Cheatham and others are interested in a community-driven transformation effort. Having served Sandtown-Winchester youth for the past 15 years, Hayes said, “When change comes this time, let it be owned and operated by residents of the community.” Read in Full >>