Soledad O'Brien Is Keynote Speaker at Penn State MLK Commemoration

CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien will deliver the keynote address at th 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Penn State University.

This year's events mark the 25th commemoration at the University Park campus, dating to 1985 when then University President Bryce Jordan first appointed a commemoration committee. Today, a campus and community committee works with a student committee to develop events, which include the annual Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18.

O'Brien will speak at the Evening Celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Soledad O'Brien, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, has been awarded the NAACP President's Award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service and the Hispanic Achievement Award in Communications.

The Evening Celebration also will feature performances by student performing arts company NOMMO, which specializes in African dance and drumming, choral ensemble Essence of Joy, students from State College Friends School and poet Nathan James.

There is no charge to attend the celebration, but tickets are required and can be obtained at the Eisenhower Auditorium ticket office.

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