Ever wonder what holds America together? Or for that matter, what it means to be an American? Explore those questions through the lens of race, identity and justice in a special live-streamed event — The Matter of Fact Listening Tour.

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien — with guests who each have a unique American story. Guests like author and educator Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.

“I went to summer camp as a child. Girls prep school for high school, and by the time I left for college, I was not who the campus thought I should be. As the daughter of Malcolm X, they expected something different than what I was. I was love. I was peace. I was joy. And what I understood is that they were misinformed on who Malcolm X was.”

Join us Thursday evening for the Matter of Fact Listening Tour, “To Be An American: Identity, Race and Justice,” hosted by Soledad O’Brien.

The special program will stream beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on matteroffact.tv and other Hearst websites.

This presentation of the Listening Tour features a diverse lineup of guests from academia, literature and entertainment. They will share personal stories, essays and insights to bring greater understanding to the complex topic of race, identity and belonging. Matter of Fact contributors Jessica Gomez and Joie Chen will provide reports and interviews from around the country, while veteran journalist Ray Suarez will chronicle the history of Chinese Americans who helped build U.S. railroads but were denied citizenship. Viewers will be challenged to address questions such as, ”What unites the United States, and what is it that truly makes America exceptional?” The program will open with a citizenship pop quiz, which encourages viewers to think about what those not born in this country must learn in order to become Americans.

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