During her 2014 Black History Month tour, journalist and philanthropic advocate Soledad O'Brien will visit 15 cities, including Charlotte on Tuesday, February 18. She will lecture and lead a panel discussion on the topic, “Black In America -- a Town Hall Tour” sponsored by PNC Bank® and presented by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Ms. O'Brien’s appearance will be at the Knight Theater at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $20 and student tickets at a reduced rate will be sold at the door.
With paternal Irish-Australian and maternal Afro-Cuban roots, her family heritage has provided special insights on this topic, also the theme for her CNN documentary series. She comments,
“My consciousness about race was really implanted in me by my parents. I’m black because my parents said I’m black. I’m black because my mother’s black. I’m black because I grew up in a family of all black people. I knew I was black because I grew up in an all-white neighborhood.”
O'Brien, former CNN journalist and mother of 4 children, has been busy making great strides since leaving the Atlanta based outfit last March, 2013. She started her own Starfish Media Group, and her independent production company now produces documentaries for CNN. She has also taken on the task of being a special correspondent for Al Jazeera America. She reports for HBO’s “Real Sports”, and is discussing projects with PBS. She will assume hosting duties for the National Geographic Bee, relieving Alex Trebek. Two movies, one for theatrical release and one made for TV feature are in the works. Look for articles to be published n Essence and Latina Magazines.
Visit the Gantt Center website for details.