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Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms; Blast From the Past with Jesse Jackson

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02/06/1975

In this clip, "Blast From the Past" features an excerpt from an interview with Jesse Jackson from 1971. Jackson talks about the influence the Black community could have on National political policy if it mobilizes its political might and support to effect change. Overall the program focuses on the history of three of Africa's ancient kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. To accomplish this, Say Brother Producer Marita Rivero and her guest Musa Eubanks (of the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston) discuss and then introduce a filmstrip created by the Afro Audiovisual Company in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The program serves to illustrate that the liberation of African Americans from colonized thinking can only be done so via the reexamination and revised representation of Blacks in Africa -- namely, that Africa had an economic, cultural, and social history before European intervention. Also included are Say Brother segments "Blast From the Past" (featuring an interview with Jesse Jackson from 1971), "The Word" (featuring professor and historian A.B. Spellman's plea for more serious jazz on radio), "Access" (which provides a summary of the work of the New World News Network), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Ancient African Kingdoms
Program Number

414

Title

Blast From the Past with Jesse Jackson

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 on the history of three of Africa's ancient kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. To accomplish this, Say Brother Producer Marita Rivero and her guest Musa Eubanks (of the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston) discuss and then introduce a filmstrip created by the Afro Audiovisual Company in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The program serves to illustrate that the liberation of African Americans from colonized thinking can only be done so via the reexamination and revised representation of Blacks in Africa -- namely, that Africa had an economic, cultural, and social history before European intervention. Also included are Say Brother segments "Blast From the Past" (featuring an interview with Jesse Jackson from 1971), "The Word" (featuring professor and historian A.B. Spellman's plea for more serious jazz on radio), "Access" (which provides a summary of the work of the New World News Network), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
Civil rights
African Americans--Politics and government
African American politicians
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
New World News Network
Political campaigns
Elections
Voting
Afro Audiovisual Company (Boston, Mass.)
Eubanks, Musa
Segregation
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms; Blast From the Past with Jesse Jackson,” 02/06/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_04C9507EFE3A46C2BE8EE17C6855362D.
MLA: “Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms; Blast From the Past with Jesse Jackson.” 02/06/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_04C9507EFE3A46C2BE8EE17C6855362D>.
APA: Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms; Blast From the Past with Jesse Jackson. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_04C9507EFE3A46C2BE8EE17C6855362D
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