The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Artist: Wes moore
Date of Action: August 2021
Region: North America
Location: Springfield, MA
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: Springfield School Boards
Description of Artwork: Two kids with the same name, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world.
The Incident: Board members of the Springfield board of education attempted to ban "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" from the 10th grade English curriculum due to "dark themes".
Results of Incident: The book remained on the reading list despite criticism.