Joy Moore spent the morning of May 11 with Garrison Forest mothers, alumnae, and a few fathers, sharing her story as a single parent raising three children in Baltimore. Her only son, Wes Moore, went on to become the best-selling author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.
Written in 2010, the book tells the true story of her son—Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins, Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House fellow, and business leader—and of another boy in their Baltimore neighborhood with the same name. Today, the other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence for felony murder.
Presented by the GFS Parent Association as the final Parent Education event of 2012, Ms. Moore’s touching and inspiring remarks focused on family, choices, the challenges and rewards of parenting, and larger issues of how best to help children on the margins of society to prevent tragedies from occurring.
The question and answer session was lively and candid, as she offered suggestions from her own experience with warmth and wit. “It’s not about being a better mom,” she told the enthusiastic crowd. “It’s about being who you are every day.”
Since her son’s book, the Moore family has found itself in the national spotlight. This has meant a few surprising situations. The first time Ms. Moore met the other Ms. Moore (mother of the other Wes Moore) was on camera at the Oprah Winfrey Show. But it’s also given her a chance to use her experiences and gift for public speaking to advocate for change. A staunch believer in education’s power to make anything possible, Ms. Moore works with the Annie E. Casey Foundation's campaign for grade level reading. This spring, she and her son were honored by NFTE as Entrepreneurial Spirit Honorees.
Following her remarks, Ms. Moore, who was joined by her daughter joy for the GFS event, signed copies of The Other Wes Moore.
Happy Mother’s Day, GFS!