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Say Brother; From Puerto Rico's Point of View

Part of Say Brother.

04/07/1978

In this clip host Ivette Torres chairs a discussion between Joaquin A. Marquez (of the Resident Commissioner's Office of Puerto Rico), Angel Villalini (a member of the Puerto Rican Independence Party), and Dr. Efren Ramirez (a Pro - ELA [Estado Libre Asociado] member) about whether or not Puerto Rico should remain a colony/commonwealth, merge with the United States as the 51st state, or enter into a free-association agreement with the United States. Efren Ramirez argues strongly about the cultural problems associated with Puerto Rico becoming a state. Overall the program focuses of whether or not Puerto Rico should remain a colony/commonwealth, merge with the United States as the 51st state, or enter into a free-association agreement with the United States. Host Ivette Torres speaks with Joaquin A. Marquez (of the Resident Commissioner's Office of Puerto Rico), Angel Villalini (a member of the Puerto Rican Independence Party), and Dr. Efren Ramirez (a Pro - ELA [Estado Libre Asociado] member) to discuss how each of these political views would completely change the lives of the Puerto Rican people, how would each of these philosophies addresses the economic issues of the island, if the Puerto Rican people genuinely have the opportunity to make up their minds given the bias of the media towards the United States, and whether or not statehood would harm Puerto Rican culture. Program includes questions taken from the audience. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by David Atwood.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
From Puerto Rico's Point of View
Program Number

824

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses of whether or not Puerto Rico should remain a colony/commonwealth, merge with the United States as the 51st state, or enter into a free-association agreement with the United States. Host Ivette Torres speaks with Joaquin A. Marquez (of the Resident Commissioner's Office of Puerto Rico), Angel Villalini (a member of the Puerto Rican Independence Party), and Dr. Efren Ramirez (a Pro - ELA [Estado Libre Asociado] member) to discuss how each of these political views would completely change the lives of the Puerto Rican people, how would each of these philosophies addresses the economic issues of the island, if the Puerto Rican people genuinely have the opportunity to make up their minds given the bias of the media towards the United States, and whether or not statehood would harm Puerto Rican culture. Program includes questions taken from the audience.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Marquez, Joaquin A.
Civil rights
Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño
Puerto Rico--Politics and government--1952-1998
Puerto Ricans--United States
Puerto Rico
Ramirez, Dr. Efren
Segregation
Statehood (American politics)
Villalini, Angel
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Rivera, George (Associate Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Contributors
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Torres, Ivette (Host)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; From Puerto Rico's Point of View,” 04/07/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_035E0E26ECF44F668E8DA980D2707584.
MLA: “Say Brother; From Puerto Rico's Point of View.” 04/07/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_035E0E26ECF44F668E8DA980D2707584>.
APA: Say Brother; From Puerto Rico's Point of View. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_035E0E26ECF44F668E8DA980D2707584
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