Wes Moore is an Army veteran, Rhodes scholar, author, TV host and social entrepreneur. Yesterday, he added Robin Hood to his resume.
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With vodka cocktails named “The Work” and life-sized placards of his latest book circulating as a photo prop, the glamorous party that unfolded at Four Seasons Baltimore on Saturday evening appeared to be cast as a celebration of Wes Moore. Surrounded by family and friends from many stages of his life, as well as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other dignitaries, the author and youth advocate was certainly the center of attention. But he opted to direct the spotlight toward others.
As we previously reported, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson voluntarily stepped down from serving as commencement speaker for the Johns Hopkins’ Schools of Medicine and Education after students objected to his widely-publicized comments equating homosexuality with bestiality. The School of Education announced last week that it would replace Carson with the ever-popular Wes Moore, and yesterday the School of Medicine announced its last-minute graduation speaker replacement: biophysicist Jon Lorsch.
The outrage surrounding Dr. Ben Carson’s recent WTF moment, wherein he compared gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia on Fox News, left Johns Hopkins’s School of Medicine and School of Education without a commencement speaker.
By now, you’ve probably seen him on TV, heard him give a speech, read his book, or read about his book. Wes Moore, the Baltimore native/Rhodes Scholar/bestselling author, has been all over the place since the 34-year old published The Other Wes Moore to national acclaim — and, incidentally, a high-profile job with Oprah.
The son of a slave, Kelly Miller took a northbound train in 1880, with dreams of pursuing his fascination with math; in 1887, he became Johns Hopkins’ first black student. In 1970, Gail Williams-Glassner worked 25 hours a week, founded the school’s first cheerleading squad, and made history as one of Hopkins’ first black female undergraduates. In 2010, Wes Moore made his alma mater proud by penning a New York Times bestseller (oh, and becoming a Rhodes Scholar). In the century-plus in between, Johns Hopkins was shaped by many other black students, faculty, and staff, whose achievements and struggles often flew under the radar. Until now, that is.
More dates to add to your calendar! We’re expanding this week and including events beyond the weekend…
Art for Land’s Sake: The Valleys Planning Council hosts its annual art show tonight featuring pieces from over 40 local and national artists. Thiry-five percent of sales goes to the VPC. When: Preview Party, tonight, September 30, 5 – 9 p.m. Weekend art show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, from noon – 4 p.m. Where: Halcyon Farm, 11245 Greenspring Avenue, Lutherville. Attire: Business casual. Admission: Preview Party tickets, $125 and may be purchased at the door. Art show only, $5, purchased at the door.
Pumpkins on the Green: The Irvine Nature Center is putting on their annual “blue jean” fundraiser featuring live music, live and silent auctions, and seasonal tastes from a local “green” caterer. Adding to the fun, the event’s honorary chair, recent Emmy-winner Julie Bowen is hosting in a meet-and-greet VIP cocktail reception before the event. When: Fundraiser: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7-11 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6 p.m. Where: The Irvine Nature Center. Attire: Blue jean casual. Admission: $95 per ticket for the fundraiser, $500 for two tickets to the VIP reception and fundraiser. Tickets available through MissionTix.
The Art of Giving: Ruth Shaw and Renaissance Fine Arts host a fashion show to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute & The Baltimore School for the Arts. When: Tuesday, October 4 at 11:30 a.m. Where: Renaissance Fine Arts, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Attire: Invitation doesn’t say, but we’re guessing it will be a pretty fashionable crowd…it’s a fashion show after all. Admission: $150 and includes light lunch. Tickets available online through Kennedy Krieger.
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Wes Moore: Advocates for Children and Youth hosts its eighth annual luncheon with bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar and Baltimore native Wes Moore. When: Wednesday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Where: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 Pratt Street, Baltimore. Attire: Invitation doesn’t indicate but we’re guessing business? Then again, lots of teachers and non-profit types will be in attendance, so clean, cute and comfy is probably fine too. Admission: $150. Purchase tickets online at www.acy.org.
Have a good weekend!