For the time being, I’ll take this one on face value, instead of a more cynical suspicion that CNN is promoting an agenda…
To Soledad O’Brien, it’s always black history month.
“It’s every day, sure, sure,” said O’Brien, the CNN reporter who’ll help University of the Pacific start its official Black History Month events by speaking and answering questions tonight at Faye Spanos Concert Hall.
“One gets to talk about black history, and when you talk about Black History Month now people want to know what’s happening in Haiti, too. It reminds me about our history.”
O’Brien, who recently returned from covering Haiti’s earthquake tragedy for CNN, also spent a year producing a 2009 documentary — “CNN Presents: Black in America” — that resonates appropriately with “Our Story,” the theme of Pacific’s 12th Black History Month program.
“I really sort of think about Black History Month as a living, breathing element,” said O’Brien, 43, in a phone interview from her CNN office in New York on Tuesday. “Lots of stories continue to revolve around people of color. The country’s minorities now will be a majority no sooner than 2050.”
“We identified her a couple of years ago as one of the best storytellers of the black experience in America,” said Marcus Perrot, 48, chairman of Pacific’s Black History Month Committee. “Particularly when we heard she was covering (President Barack) Obama’s election campaign, we knew she would bring a very rich perspective and variety of experiences.”
The second half of O’Brien’s 2009 CNN documentary will be shown Thursday night at the Pacific Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »