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November 25, 2013

Author Wes Moore honored to speak in Norman

NORMAN — Renowned speaker and author Wes Moore will talk to community members, teachers and students at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts as part of the city of Norman’s effort to launch anti-bullying initiatives in Norman.

Moore said he is honored to be invited to speak with the Norman Public School system and community members and that he hopes to further anti-bullying efforts.

“I hope to further their mission in preventing bullying by highlighting the importance of care and responsibility, not only in our own actions, but for those around us who might not be ready to protect themselves,” Moore said. “This sense of honor and integrity means not allowing our friends and neighbors to be overlooked, but to instead lift them up when they fall.

“How we serve others is ultimately a reflection of ourselves.”

In 2010, Moore’s book, “The Other Wes Moore,” was published and became a New York Time’s bestseller, a nonfiction story about two men with the same name, from the same neighborhood, whose lives had very different outcomes.

Additionally, Moore was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, after which he served as a paratrooper and captain in the United States Army. Moore subsequently served as a White House Fellow and worked as a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Moore was invited to address the Norman community after Norman community members, including Police Chief Keith Humphrey and NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano, worked together for a year after a 2012 forum identified bullying as a community issue.

Bullying typically involves silent bystanders who enable the bully with their inaction. Additionally, bullying now occurs over social media, and bullies tend to target those with ethnic, cultural or religious differences or those with special needs.

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