January 22, 2013
Georgia Southern University’s annual MLK celebration will feature television anchor Soledad O’Brien on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse. The veteran, Emmy award-winning journalist will focus on social justice, public service and continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
O’Brien is the anchor for the CNN morning show "Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien" and a special correspondent for CNN. Since joining the network in 2003, she has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. She also covers political news as part of CNN’s "Best Political Team on Television."
In 2008, O'Brien reported for "Black in America 2," a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans. Her reporting revealed the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She also has reported for the CNN documentary "Words That Changed a Nation," featuring a never-before-seen look at Dr. King’s private writings and notes, and she investigated his assassination in "Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination."
"There has been a tremendous response from people who want to hear the inspiring message of Soledad O’Brien and hear how she has covered stories around the world focusing on social justice issues, minorities and their struggles," said Dorsey Baldwin, the director of GSU’s Multicultural Student Center. "We decided to move the MLK celebration from the Performing Arts Center to Hanner Fieldhouse in order to accommodate a much larger crowd."
Tickets for the free event are required. Students can get tickets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, at the Multicultural Student Center office in room 2070 of the Russell Union. Tickets for the public will be available on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Hanner Fieldhouse ticket office and the Georgia Southern City Campus (58 East Main Street) in Statesboro.