North Carolina A&T State University, has selected New York Times Bestseller, “The Other Wes Moore” as this year’s Text in Community book for the year.

Moore, a Baltimore native, is a youth advocate, U.S. Army combat veteran and a promising business leader. He is a graduate of Valley Forge Military College and Johns Hopkins University. He served a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne division. He has been a Rhodes Scholar, a White House Fellow and special assistant to then-Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice. He has been selected as an Asia Society Fellow and named to Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30” and Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” lists.

On December 11, 2000, The Baltimore Sun, published an article about Moore becoming a Rhodes Scholar. The paper also published a series of articles about four African American men who were arrested for the armed robbery and murder of an off-duty police officer. One of those men was just two years older than Moore, was convicted and sentenced to live in prison without the possibility of parole. And the two shared a name.

Moore wondered how two young men, from the same city, the same neighborhood, around the same age, with the same name and common childhoods could have two different destinies. Moore wrote to the man and visited him in prison and eventually penned this book. Their stories are told in alternating narratives that detail their lives’ defeats and victories.

“We believe this book will provoke a great deal of excitement, reflection and debate among students, faculty and staff,” said Winser Alexander, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We look forward to engaging the University Community in a dialogue about this book.”

The book is available in hard cover, paperback, audio and electronic versions.