- January 21, 2014
- 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
- An Evening with Soledad O'Brien
- Schaeffer Center for the Performing Arts
- 7pm *doors open at 6pm
- Free and open to the public *no tickets required
Solded O'Brien will be speaking at Appalachian State University as part of the 30th MLK Commemoration. Her comments will center on the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the legacy of Dr. King.
Due to the popularity of this event, please allow extra travel time and dress warmly in the event that you have to wait outside until doors open at 6pm.
Bags will be checked at the door.
Information about seating, directions, parking, and ADA accessibility can be found at http://pas.appstate.edu/ or by calling the Schaeffer Center box office at (828) 262-4046.
Individuals requesting additional reasonable accommodations for events should contact the Office of Disability Services www.ods.appstate.edu at 828-262-3056. For interpreter request please review the university interpreter services policy.
For any other questions about this event, please call the Office of Multicultural Student Development at (828)262-6158.
Soledad O'Brien is a CNN special correspondent who recently entered into a unique production and distribution agreement with the network to produce long-form programming specials through her company, Starfish Media Group. Launching in June 2013, the 360 media production company and distributor will be dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, opportunity, poverty and personal stories.
A critically-acclaimed journalist, O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for Crisis in Haiti in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form. O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O'Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010. O'Brien has been integral in hosting and developing the award winning Black in America franchise, one of the CNN's most successful international franchises. In 2010, she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences.
In addition to Starfish Media Group, Soledad and her husband Brad run the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, which sends young women to and through college. She will also be joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.