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Say Brother; 1968 - 1978, Where Do We Go From Here?; David O. Ives discusses the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television

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12/22/1978

In this clip Barbara Barrow-Murray interviews David O. Ives about the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television. Ives talks about the impact of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the need to allow African Americans to create and produce their own programs. He talks about the commitment of the then General Manager, Hartford N. Gunn, to get a program for, by, and about Black people on the air. Overall in the program, Say Brother celebrates its tenth anniversary with a look at Boston and its African American community over the past decade -- particularly changes in politics, social service agencies, employment rates, the educational system, and minority programming. Program features interviews with David O. Ives (President of WGBH) and Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) on why Say Brother was created, State Representative Mel King and Sarah-Ann Shaw, WBZ-TV reporter and former Anti-Poverty Program Coordinator, on changes in African American employment, Lloyd King (Executive Director of the Roxbury Action Program) on changes in housing, John O'Bryant (of the Boston School Committee) on changes resulting from Boston's desegregation plan, and Russell Tillman (former Say Brother staffer from 1968 to 1973) on why the show was shut down in 1970 (about program 63, "New Bedford"). Program dedicated to Ray Richardson (former Say Brother producer) and Melnea Cass (a Roxbury community advocate). Includes excerpts of previously aired programs. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Brian Clarke and Eric Himes.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
1968 - 1978, Where Do We Go From Here?
Program Number

910

Title

David O. Ives discusses the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television

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

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
King, Mel
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Civil rights
O'Bryant, John
Farrakhan, Louis
Durant, Lenny
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
Ives, David O.
Segregation
Tillman, Russell
African Americans in television broadcasting
Civil rights movement
King, Lloyd
Television in community development
Lewis, Elma
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Himes, Eric (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Contributors
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Bundy, Kissette (Camera)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Wenger, Christie (Titlist)
Krol, Bronislaw (Audio)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Lou Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Gray, Randolph (Lighting Assistant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; 1968 - 1978, Where Do We Go From Here?; David O. Ives discusses the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television,” 12/22/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3E5FD62485A243FC9696341F02A15B98.
MLA: “Say Brother; 1968 - 1978, Where Do We Go From Here?; David O. Ives discusses the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television.” 12/22/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3E5FD62485A243FC9696341F02A15B98>.
APA: Say Brother; 1968 - 1978, Where Do We Go From Here?; David O. Ives discusses the origin of Say Brother on WGBH Television. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3E5FD62485A243FC9696341F02A15B98
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