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Say Brother; Levar Burton: A Personal Story


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Say Brother
Levar Burton: A Personal Story
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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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From his first official acting job as Kunta Kinte in “Roots” to hosting “Reading Rainbow,” LeVar Burton has worked steadily at what is now a successful career. He talked with Beth Deare about his life and his new direction as a producer. He also talks about his family life. A revealing portrait of a young, dynamic performing artist.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Levar Burton: A Personal Story,” 12/13/1984, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EBEA8FC2EBD4802879EDAC68CA29001.
MLA: “Say Brother; Levar Burton: A Personal Story.” 12/13/1984. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. May 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EBEA8FC2EBD4802879EDAC68CA29001>.
APA: Say Brother; Levar Burton: A Personal Story. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2EBEA8FC2EBD4802879EDAC68CA29001
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