Purdue hosts 'Soledad O'Brien's Black in America'

February 11, 2015  

Black in America

Julianne Malveaux (from left), Chuck D, Venetria Patton and Soledad O'Brien participate in a panel discussion during "Soledad O'Brien Presents Black in America 2015 Tour" on Tuesday at Elliott Hall of Music. (Purdue University photo/Matt Thomas)
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Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien visited Purdue on Tuesday (Feb. 10) for a conversation about race relations and policing in America.

Sponsored by Purdue's Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ Center and the Black Cultural Center, the conversation was part of the series "Soledad O'Brien Presents Black in America 2015 Tour." It took place in Elliott Hall of Music. Also sponsoring the event were the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Purdue Student Union Board, the African American Studies and Research Center, Purdue Student Government and Purdue Housing and Food Services.

O'Brien is hosting conversations throughout February in which she is sharing her own professional and life experiences and hosting a panel discussion. The tour is an extension of her "Black in America" series, which premiered on CNN in 2008 as a multipart series of documentaries covering issues, challenges and culture of African-Americans across the nation.

Panelists included Venetria Patton, professor of English and African American Studies at Purdue and director of the African American Studies Research Center; Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the rap group Public Enemy and an author and producer; and Julianne Malveaux, a labor economist, author and commentator.

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