Forty years after the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., CNN is launching an initiative called CNN Presents: Black in America, which features six hours of documentaries, a weekly series of reports and a multimedia online effort that will focus on the black experience in America. Gayle talks with special correspondent Soledad O'Brien, who anchors the documentaries, about her work on the initiative.
The four-month-long series takes a closer look at such topics as the misrepresentation of black men in the media and the obstacles faced by black women raising families. Soledad says one of the series' main objectives is to go beyond stereotypes and reflect the wide range of stories that make up the black community. "That's been our challenge," Soledad says. "In a way it's a lot and it's a huge responsibility—but also in the good way."
Part 1 of the series takes a closer look at the events surrounding Dr. King's assassination. Soledad says working on the report was a moving and enlightening experience for her personally, a sentiment she hopes to convey to viewers through the documentary. "It has been amazing for me to go back and talk to these civil rights legends—I mean, what an opportunity," she says.