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Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Harvey B. Gantt Center and PNC Bank Present Soledad O’Brien – Black In America Town Hall Tour


Charlotte, NC – Critically acclaimed journalist, educator and mentor Soledad O’Brien will host a powerful discussion and panel that will focus on uncovering and sharing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity.

The town hall discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm, at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 South Tryon Street Charlotte, 28202. Directly after the discussion, O’Brien will hold a book signing for her book, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities. In addition, those who attend the town hall discussion will have free admission to the Harvey B. Gantt Center exhibitions upon showing their ticket stubs through Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer and was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company. Starfish Media Group continues to produce Black in America for CNN. Starfish partnerships include Sundance Channel, HBO, Nat Geo Channel, Latina Magazine and Billboard Magazine. O’Brien is a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and a Special Correspondent for Al Jazeera America Tonight.

O’Brien’s critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and its follow-up Latino in America are among CNN’s most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013 Latino in America 2, the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary Gay in America: Gary and Tony Have a Baby, and Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door also won numerous journalism awards. O’Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People Who Make America Great.” In 2013, O’Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.

O’Brien is also the Moderator and Executive Producer of the National Geographic Bee. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband Brad created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. In 2013 they awarded scholarships to 25 deserving young women. O’Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.

Ticket pricing for this event includes:

Gantt Center Members – $15
General Public – $20
Students – $10

For more information and/or to purchase tickets go to or call 704-547-3700.

“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.” – Soledad O’Brien

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American art, which was generously donated by Bank of America. Please follow @hbganttcenter and visit

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ( is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on twitter breaking news and announcements from PNC.

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