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Joy Thomas Moore In Conversation with Wes Moore and Veteran Journalist Maureen Bunyan

September 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

On September 21, 2018, MahoganyBooks, in partnership with Washington Informer, is excited to host Joy Thomas Moore in conversation with Wes Moore and veteran journalist Maureen Bunyan. This community event will feature Moore discussing the “seven pillars of presence parents can use to positively influence their children.” In a question and answer format Wes Moore and Maureen Bunyan will guide an engaging and compassionate conversation.

Joy Thomas Moore is passionate about children. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that families are equipped with the necessary tools required to guide successful outcomes. As the mother of Wes Moore, whose memoir about overcoming the obstacles that face a fatherless young black man was a huge bestseller, Joy is constantly asked: How did you do it? How can you be a good parent, have a career and stay healthy when you don’t have a partner to pick up the slack? How do you connect with a child when you can’t always be there?

Joy’s answer is “presence.” The presence of mind, heart, faith, courage, resources, connectedness and values. Seven impactful ways of being a force in a child’s life, ensuring that they feel your influence.  We can’t always be physically there for our children, but the power of presence can help us to be that voice in the back of their minds that reminds and guides them through challenging times.

In THE POWER OF PRESENCE, Moore shares compelling stories from women who have been there and practical advice on everything from savings accounts and mindfulness, this book is a compassionate look at what it takes to raise great kids even in less than ideal circumstances.

“Joy Moore has given us a timely and valuable guide to preparing healthy children and young adults. I have worked many years with parents, faculty and others to develop character and cognitive excellence in students, and this book gets to the heart of the matter. At a time when students are claiming their voices in the public square, I celebrate the timely arrival of this gem. Everyone who cares about the future of our neighborhoods and our nation should read this book.” —Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College

Event Date

Friday, September 21, 2018
Arrival Time: 6:30 pm
Start Time: 7:00 pm

Event Location

TheARC | 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020


About Joy Thomas Moore

Joy Thomas Moore is a Peabody Award winner and President and CEO of JWS Media Consulting. Prior to starting her company, Joy worked for 15 years with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the United States.

Joy’s connections to a multitude of Foundations and educational associations already make her a presence at national conferences, educational meetings and parent association gatherings. Joy has a unique set of skills communicating the critical issues facing our children. She continues  to inspire parents and reach a new generation of Moms.

About Wes Moore

Wes Moore is the CEO at Robin Hood, a bestselling author and a social entrepreneur. Wes previously served on Robin Hood’s Veterans Advisory Board, which brought together leaders from the military, non-profits and government to connect veterans and their families living in poverty to housing, job training, education, counseling and health services.

Wes’ books, “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work,” became instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, capturing the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities.

Wes grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, and despite childhood challenges, graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a Captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

About Maureen Bunyan

Maureen Bunyan is an Aruban-American Washington, D.C.-based television journalist. She was the lead co-anchor at WJLA-TV.

Bunyan is a founder and board member of IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation), a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and President of Maureen Bunyan Communications, Inc.

She was named a “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1992 and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, “The Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington.

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September 21, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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