Bestselling Author of Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Keynote and discussion will be presented virtually; please stay tuned for registration details.
Through an annual keynote presentation, we are elevating big ideas and inspiring conversations statewide. In the fall of 2020, the DCF is proud to host Wes Moore as our featured Building Opportunity speaker. Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He also is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur.
Moore’s first book, The Other Wes Moore, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. His most recent book, Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, explores the uprisings in Baltimore in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody through a kaleidoscope of perspectives and examines critical questions about the deeper causes of violence and poverty.
Why Wes Moore
More than any year in recent decades, 2020 has brought hard issues to the forefront of our lives, forcing each of us individually and all of us as community to pay attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on inequities in our communities – whether in education, housing, food security, economy, or health. The senseless end to so many Black lives has forced America to face the realities of structural racism. We have ached, learned, come together, been torn apart, and are undeniably living through a moment that will change the world as we knew it.
As our featured speaker, Moore will lead a conversation with hundreds of Delawareans that will examine equity and community in our communities.
In addition to the keynote we are also supporting statewide Book Circles reading Five Days. Through this project, the DCF is inspiring conversation by providing up to 500 free books to discussion groups statewide. In partnership with Delaware Libraries, additional copies of Five Days are in circulation, and libraries throughout the state will host virtual Book Circles. More information coming soon!