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Say Brother; Blacks and the Democratic Party: A Second Look


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Say Brother
Blacks and the Democratic Party: A Second Look
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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

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Within the last six months of the state legislature's fiscal year two black Democrats have resigned from that party to join Independent and Republican ranks. State Representatve Melvin King is now an Independent and State Senator Bill Owens a Republican. Say Brother investigates the apparent "black flight" from the Democratic party and interviews the remaining Black Caucus to try to find answers to many questions Sen. Owens and Rep. King summon to mind with their recent decisions.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Blacks and the Democratic Party: A Second Look,” 12/14/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 4, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2A2FA4C752C34661907D033A12222747.
MLA: “Say Brother; Blacks and the Democratic Party: A Second Look.” 12/14/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 4, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2A2FA4C752C34661907D033A12222747>.
APA: Say Brother; Blacks and the Democratic Party: A Second Look. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2A2FA4C752C34661907D033A12222747
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