Wes Moore to Keynote Southeast’s King Dinner Jan. 20

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Wes Moore

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 30, 2015 – Wes Moore, an acclaimed author, veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU, will present the keynote address at Southeast Missouri State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 20 in the Show Me Center.

The theme of this year’s dinner is “Living Life Beyond Expectations.”

Dinner tickets are $20 each or $160 for a table and are on sale now at www.semo.edu/mlk. One hundred free dinner tickets are available to students at the information kiosk on the third floor of the University Center. Additional student tickets are $5 each. Doors will open Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. with the dinner scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call (573) 651-2626.

An incredibly successful and sought-after speaker, Moore entrances audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire, engage and captivate. He has been featured by USA Today, “TIME,” “People,” “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report,” MSNBC and NPR, among many other media outlets. Moore is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS’ “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

Moore is a celebrated author with two New York Times Best Sellers under his name. Moore’s first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” is a story of mentorship and support networks that refused to let him fall through the cracks in our urban communities. It tells the tale of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow after serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. The other is currently serving a life sentence for the killing of a police officer during an armed robbery. Burning with curiosity as to why he and the other Wes were so radically different, Moore investigated the man with the same name. The result was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller which captured the nation’s attention on what draws the line between success and failure in communities.

His most recent book, “The Work,” is a collection of “… incredibly valuable lessons about what it means to create lives that matter… [it is]a way of exploring the meaning of success in a volatile, difficult, and seemingly anchorless world.” The book, which debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List, was received as a model for how we can weave valuable lessons together from supremely different people in order to forge individual paths to triumph.

Filled with stories of everyday people, Moore’s very human perspective coupled with his transformative programs bring concrete benefits. Audiences leave with new outlooks and sincere motivation to tackle today’s problems. As theologian Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive.”

For more information please contact Sia Sharma or Deborah McKee at (573) 651-2626 or mlkcommittee@semo.edu.