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Seeds of Black Programming, The

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Summary
Producer Ray Richardson celebrates the one-year anniversary of Say Brother by talking about the goals and objectives the Say Brother production staff and WGBH have developed. The program offers a rich array of segments: musical performances by The Parliaments and Abdalah, a modern dance performance by Joanne Robinson, interviews with Ruby Dee and playwright/actress Alice Childress, commentary by Henry Hampton, and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Sarah-Ann Shaw. Richardson emphasizes that the African American community is still not fully represented: Say Brother staff represents 5 out of 200 WGBH staff members and 2 of 70 programming hours per week; Hampton emphasizes the limits of white sponsored programs, such as Julia (sponsored by CBS and General Foods) and similar programs that perpetuate myths about the African American community.
Topics
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968, Race riots, Television stations, Television and politics, Television broadcasting, Public television, African Americans in television
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