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Say Brother; A.L.D. Focus; Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid

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In this clip, Aggrey Mbere, a native South African and member of the Organization of South African Students, talks about the day to day struggles of Blacks in South Africa under apartheid. Overall, the program examines the mental and physical exploitation European colonizers and United States corporations are directly or indirectly responsible for in South Africa. Host John Slade speaks with Aggrey Mbere, a native South African and member of the Organization of South African Students, to discuss African Liberation Day and how tactics like the May 26 rally in Washington, DC can aid the struggle in Southern Africa. Additional segments include a slide show presented by the Southern Africa Relief Fund about apartheid in South Africa that strongly illustrates the inhuman conditions Blacks in South African face, and an interview with Marion Marshall of the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, who discusses the rising blood bank demands in the Roxbury-Dorchester-Mattapan areas. Produced by John Slade. Directed by Russell Tillman.

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A.L.D. Focus
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Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid

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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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United States--Relations--South Africa
Organization of South African Students
Marshall, Marion
Civil rights
Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (Roxbury, Mass.)
Mbere, Aggrey Mxolisi
Apartheid--South Africa
African Liberation Day March (26 May 1972)
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Slade, John (Producer)
Tillman, Russell (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Production Assistant)
Slade, John (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; A.L.D. Focus; Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid,” 05/23/1973, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 18, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9306D1DF7E4999B8CF619E058DABC2.
MLA: “Say Brother; A.L.D. Focus; Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid.” 05/23/1973. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 18, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9306D1DF7E4999B8CF619E058DABC2>.
APA: Say Brother; A.L.D. Focus; Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B9306D1DF7E4999B8CF619E058DABC2
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