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Basic Black; Conversation With Ruth Simmons


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Basic Black
Conversation With Ruth Simmons
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

In the Spring of 2001 Dr. Ruth Simmons was appointed president of Brown University. This extraordinary educator grew up in a large family in rural Texas and was the first member of her family to attend college. She talks to Basic Black about her humble beginnings and the legacy she's creating in the field of education.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Chicago: “Basic Black; Conversation With Ruth Simmons,” 02/28/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0DF62D044C5A4491B124AC36C015DB97.
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