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Soledad O'Brien visits MTSU

Emmy award-winning journalist , former CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien was a keynote speaker last night at MTSU's National Women's History month opening event. The theme for the festivities is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

left to right: Keosha Thomas, Soledad Obrien, Brittany-Rae Gregory

Currently, she is working with Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent, contributor to the HBO Bryant Gumbel series,"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," and starting her own media company Starfish Media Group.

Of course, we all recognize Soledad for her popular CNN series, "Blacks in America," which opened the world's eyes to the up and down lifestyles African Americans face in society.

Her visit was influential at the campus as she was welcomed as a keynote speaker among a diverse audience of students, fans, and members of her public service sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The journalist eloquently offered her personal story providing insight on how she made it to be where she is now in the media industry. This time around she offered her knowledge and thoughts on the hot topic of “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.”

The highlight of the evening would have to be the question and answer session at the end when she opened the floor up to her audience.

The best advice was when she exuded female empowerment giving advice on how you should always have a group of mentors to help you get to the next level.

"I enjoyed Soledad speaking about finding mentors in your field, said Brittany Rae Gregory, Mass Communications graduate student."

"A mentor can be a clearly identified mentor or just someone that you admire and see as a role model."

Soledad believed that having mentors is important. She advised that some mentors shouldn't know that they are a mentor and to study them from far distance.

Another highlight, was when Soledad spoke of Maya Angelou being her favorite historical figure and feeling moved by Maya complementing her telling her she had grown up as a woman.

In the end, she was presented with special gifts from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rutherford County Alumnae and MTSU Iota Tau chapter.

Overall, it was a great event, location and nice crowd. Soledad had a genuine spirit and she is paving the way by offering women empowerment and guidance for upcoming journalists in the world.

Learn more about Soledad Obrien here.

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