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Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste; Philip Hart discusses the history of the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College

Part of Say Brother.

11/23/1979

In this clip Dr. Philip Hart, professor at the University of Massachusetts and former director of the Federation for Boston Community Schools, the parent organization for Roxbury Community School, talks about the dissatisfaction with public schools on the part of Black parents in the 1960s. Parents were pulling their children out of school and educating them at newly formed freedom schools and tutoring centers. In 1966 the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College were incorporated as private non-profit educational institutions set up as an alternative to Boston public schools. Overall the program explores three schools identified by the community as viable alternative choices to Boston's public schools: Roxbury Community School, St. Joseph's Community School (supported by the Archdiocese of Boston), and Paige Academy (a private school operating via tuition). Program features on-location, documentary-style interviews with Dr. Philip Hart (professor at the University of Massachusetts and former director of the Federation for Boston Community Schools, the parent organization for Roxbury Community School), Cecilia Ware (a veteran teacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce Snowden (Educational Coordinator for Roxbury Community School), Michele Marrow (K-1 tyeacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce King (Acting Principal for St. Joseph's Community School), Idella Hill (fourth grade teacher, St. Joseph's Community School), Angela Paige Cook (Director of Paige Academy), Kim Archung, Fauzia Ahmed, and Lauen Lee (teachers with Paige Academy), and Joe Cook, Jr. (Administrative Producer, Paige Academy), on why alternative schools are needed, how parent involvement factors into alternative schooling, how alternative schools operate, and what classroom enrichment they provide. Includes footage from a 1975 interview with Sister Sylvia Thibodeau, St. Joseph's first principal, in which she talks about the philosophy of the school. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Brian Clarke.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Program Number

1009

Title

Philip Hart discusses the history of the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College

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 three schools identified by the comunity as viable alternative choices to Boston's public schools: Roxbury Community School, St. Joseph's Community School (supported by the Archdiocese of Boston), and Paige Academy (a private school operating via tuition). Program features on-location, documentary-style interviews with Dr. Philip Hart (professor at the University of Massachusetts and former director of the Federation for Boston Community Schools, the parent organization for Roxbury Community School), Cecilia Ware (a veteran teacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce Snowden (Educational Coordinator for Roxbury Community School), Michele Marrow (K-1 tyeacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce King (Acting Principal for St. Joseph's Community School), Idella Hill (fourth grade teacher, St. Joseph's Community School), Angela Paige Cook (Director of Paige Academy), Kim Archung, Fauzia Ahmed, and Lauen Lee (teachers with Paige Academy), and Joe Cook, Jr. (Administrative Producer, Paige Academy), on why alternative schools are needed, how parent involvement factors into alternative schooling, how alternative schools operate, and what classroom enrichment they provide. Includes footage from a 1975 interview with Sister Sylvia Thibodeau, St. Joseph's first principal, in which she talks about the philosophy of the school.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Roxbury Community School (Roxbury, Mass.)
African American students
Snowden, Joyce
Alternative education
Black Ghetto Theatre Company (Boston, Mass.)
Hart, Dr. Philip
Cook, Angela Paige
Public schools
Afro-American children
King, Joyce
Civil rights
Segregation
St. Joseph's Community School (Boston, Mass.)
Community schools
Thibodeau, Sylvia
Paige Academy (Roxbury, Mass.)
Cook, Joe, Jr.
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Devitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Bill (Video)
Coleman, Vern (Post Production Audio)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Macie, Roger (Video)
Johnson, Nat (Post Production Audio)
Producer's Group, Inc. (Producer)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Morales, Carmen (Production Secretary)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Recordist)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Melendez, Celenia (Intern)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
White, Don (Video)
Brennan, Susan (Post Production Audio)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste; Philip Hart discusses the history of the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College,” 11/23/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_313533AF7022417CB9A6738F3B509872.
MLA: “Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste; Philip Hart discusses the history of the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College.” 11/23/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_313533AF7022417CB9A6738F3B509872>.
APA: Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste; Philip Hart discusses the history of the New School for Children and Roxbury Community College. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_313533AF7022417CB9A6738F3B509872
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