Author Wes Moore praised My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative aimed at helping “young boys of color,” avoid jail and embrace education, during an informal interview before the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series Thursday morning.

“This isn’t just about how exactly how are we helping young boys of color, this is about the fact that when you look at every single ration that boys of color are falling behind — on educational attainment, on employment attainment and the success and stability of families,” Moore said. The veteran and Rhodes Scholar has personal and literary experience that show the power of positive intervention in the lives of troubled youth.

Moore’s mother Joy enrolled a 12-year-old Wes Moore in military school after noticing some academic and behavioral issues.

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