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Say Brother; Black Athlete, The; Muhammad Ali and the Vietnam War

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06/19/1969

In this clip Muhammad Ali discusses his religious and conscientious objections to participating in the Vietnam War. Overall the program explores the cliche, "Sports have been good to the Black man" by asking, "Has the Black man been good to sports?" With interviews with major sports figures of track, boxing, tennis, baseball, basketball, and football, the program explores the limitations of athleticism in achieving recognition and equality for African Americans. Program interviews, conducted on site, include: Frank Robinson (baseball), Arthur Ashe (tennis), Tom Sanders (basketball), Muhammad Ali (boxing), Ken Hudson (referee), Jim Brown (football), Bill Russell (coach), and Tommie Smith (track). Jim Spruill's introduction reviews athleticism before slavery was abolished, compares the manager-fighter relationship to the master-slave relationship, and talks about the educated athlete. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) discusses his objections to the Vietnam War. Produced by Ray Richardson. Directed by Stan Lathan.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Black Athlete, The
Program Number

35

Title

Muhammad Ali and the Vietnam War

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 explores the cliche, "Sports have been good to the Black man" by asking, "Has the Black man been good to sports?" With interviews with major sports figures of track, boxing, tennis, baseball, basketball, and football, the program explores the limitations of athleticism in achieving recognition and equality for African Americans. Program interviews, conducted on site, include: Frank Robinson (baseball), Arthur Ashe (tennis), Tom Sanders (basketball), Muhammad Ali (boxing), Ken Hudson (referee), Jim Brown (football), Bill Russell (coach), and Tommie Smith (track). Jim Spruill's introduction reviews athleticism before slavery was abolished, compares the manager-fighter relationship to the master-slave relationship, and talks about the educated athlete.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Robinson, Frank, 1935-
Hudson, Ken
African American boxers
Ali, Muhammad, 1942-
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Segregation
James, Larry
African Americans in mass media
Sanders, Tom
Russell, Bill, 1934-
Ashe, Arthur
Brown, Jim, 1936-
African American athletes
Civil rights
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Richardson, Ray (Producer)
Lark, Tony (Associate Producer)
Bright, Hazel V. (Associate Producer)
Lathan, Stan (Director)
Ferguson, Andrew (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Attar, Eli (Still Photography)
Cabot, Ellen (Production Assistant)
Ferguson, Andrew (Interviewer)
Star, Black (Still Photography)
Gomez, Jewelle (Production Assistant)
Spruill, Jim (Host)
Noble, Gil (Interviewer)
Loerzel, David (Audio)
Isen, Eric (Cameraman)
Rogers, Steve (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Lark, Tony (Cameraman)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Athlete, The; Muhammad Ali and the Vietnam War,” 06/19/1969, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_185B30ABB777474DAAD28BA5F3E15AE1.
MLA: “Say Brother; Black Athlete, The; Muhammad Ali and the Vietnam War.” 06/19/1969. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_185B30ABB777474DAAD28BA5F3E15AE1>.
APA: Say Brother; Black Athlete, The; Muhammad Ali and the Vietnam War. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_185B30ABB777474DAAD28BA5F3E15AE1
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