Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning journalist and Long Island-native, is coming to the Main Stage in the Staller Center at Stony Brook University on Monday, Feb. 16 as a part of her Black in America tour.
Starting at 6 p.m., O’Brien will be leading her interactive panel discussion about the recent growing issue of race and police brutality in society today. O’Brien is the creator of CNN’s documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” in which the struggles, accomplishments and issues of each race in the United States today are addressed, respectively.
The former CNN anchor will be stopping at nine universities with special guests, including St. Louis, Missouri’s 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French and rapper and producer Chuck D of Public Enemy, among others. There will also be a meet and greet opportunity after the event. The goal of the tour, which began on Feb. 3 at Bucknell University and ends on Feb. 25 at Florida International University, is that campus communities will come together to discuss the important issue of race in America and offer new perspectives on it.
As student journalists, I think that an event like this one is something that is necessary to cover. With the recent events of police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri and the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, race has become a hot topic as the idea of inequality throughout the United States has become prominent. Just by reading about the event, it’s easy to say that this will be an interesting and worthwhile evening.