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    CNN’s Soledad O’ Brien, host of “Black in America” Series, is Keynote Speaker for Black History Month: Celebration includes gospel concert, health and heritage fair and poetry reading

    Jan 19, 2010

    CNN's Soledad O' Brien, correspondent of the "Black in America" documentary series, is the keynote speaker for University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration this year. O'Brien will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  

    O'Brien's critically acclaimed two-part "Black in America" series explored the current state of Black America over a 40-year span, from the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the present. Airing in two parts over 2008 and 2009, it became one of the most highly rated television documentary series in cable history. As an anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, O'Brien has reported on a number of topics, including the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the incarceration of Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. She also covered the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, and the state of Latinos in the country in CNN's "Latino in America" program.

    "We are honored to bring Soledad O'Brien to share with the campus and Stockton community her career and life experiences, as well as her invaluable insight," said Marcus Perrot, chairman of Pacific's Black History Month committee. "O'Brien is not only an accomplished journalist and a strong believer in education and mentoring, she is a profound storyteller of the African American experience."

    During her reporting for the "Black in America" series, O'Brien explored a number of issues affecting the black community, including single parenthood, black male incarceration rates and disparities in education, career and economic achievement. She also reported on the progress black women have made in the workplace and the status of the black middle class.

    The University-wide celebration is an honor of African-American history and the contributions that African-Americans have made to society. Planned activities also include a gospel concert, roundtable discussions and a health and heritage fair. O'Brien's "Black in America" series will be shown at Pacific Theatre during the month. More information can be found here.