APB Speaker Wes Moore on NPR Following the Death of George Floyd: “It’s time to change the system”
05 Jun 2020
New York Times bestselling author, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and APB speaker Wes Moore captured the nation’s attention with his debut book The Other Wes Moore, a firsthand account of a life journey empowered by the strength of family, educational opportunities and community network. Wes is now speaking out against the systemic injustice and racism happening in our country.
In his new book Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, Wes chronicles the uprising that occurred in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death. Wes says the deaths of Freddie Gray and now George Floyd highlight injustices that go beyond police brutality. "The justice that's also being sought must be an economic justice. It must be health justice. It must be housing justice," Moore tells NPR. "If we permit these tragedies to recede from our memory, we will risk the opportunity to change the systems that are ultimately responsible for all of these injustices."
Wes continues to shed light on the root causes of violence and intergenerational poverty. Ever sowing the seeds of hope, he unites all of us — nonprofits, government, business, educational institutions and others — around solutions that can help to restore America’s promise of opportunity for all.