Tickets are now available for Illinois State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner and Evening with Soledad O’Brien on Friday, Jan. 21. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom, will feature cocktails, dinner and a presentation by CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien. She will present “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.”

Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for non-students. For ticket information phone (309) 438-8790 or visit The reservation deadline is Jan. 14.

O’Brien’s most recent documentaries include Rescued, a look at Haiti’s remarkable children before, during and after the devastating earthquake, and Gary and Tony Have a Baby, the story of two gay men and their struggle to have a baby that has a biological and legal connection to both of them.

In 2009, O’Brien reported for Latino in America, a wide-ranging look at Latinos living in this country; how they’re reshaping America and how America is reshaping them. O’Brien also reported for Black in America 2, a four-hour documentary focusing on successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans.

O’Brien’s reporting for Black in America in 2008 revealed the state of Black America 40 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. She has also reported for the CNN documentary, Words That Changed a Nation, featuring a never-before-seen look at King’s private writings and notes, and investigated his assassination in Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination. Her Children of the Storm project and One Crime at a Time documentary demonstrate O’Brien’s continued commitment to covering stories out of New Orleans.