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CNN Presents: Black in America Parent Discussion Guide

(CNN Student News) — Forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., CNN launches a sweeping on-air and digital initiative, CNN Presents: Black in America. These documentaries, “The Black Woman and Family” and “The Black Man,” focus on fresh analysis from new voices about the real lives behind the stereotypes, statistics and identity politics that frequently frame the national dialogue about Black America. Before and after viewing these programs, use the overview questions and discussion activity that follow to facilitate a discussion with your pre-teen and teenaged children.

Black in America: The Black Woman & Family
Program overview: In Black in America: The Black Woman & Family, Soledad O’Brien explores the varied experiences of black women and families and investigates the reasons behind the disturbing statistics on single parenthood, disparities between black and white students in schools, and the devastating toll of HIV/AIDS. O’Brien reports on the progress of black women in the workplace and the status of the black middle class. Black in America: The Black Woman & Family premieres in HDTV on Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET. Click here to access discussion questions for Black in America: The Black Woman & Family.

Black in America: The Black Man
Program overview: In Black in America: The Black Man, Soledad O’Brien evaluates the state of black men in America and explores the controversial topics of black men and fatherhood; disparities between blacks and whites in educational, career and financial achievement; and factors leading to the dramatic rates of black male incarceration. The documentary also examines the achievements of black men and the importance of the positive influences of black fathers. Black in America: The Black Man premieres in HDTV on Thursday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET. Click here to access discussion questions for Black in America: The Black Man.

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