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Basic Black; Ruth Batson: An Activist Life


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Basic Black
Ruth Batson: An Activist Life
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Many in the African American community recently mourned the death of Ruth Batson: educator, activist and advocate of children. Through archival film clips and Darren Duarte in conversation with her friends and colleagues, Basic Black explores Batson's impact on the Boston community and celebrates her accomplishments.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Basic Black; Ruth Batson: An Activist Life,” 03/25/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_418089C6660D40EDAC8DE50DDDDCD507.
MLA: “Basic Black; Ruth Batson: An Activist Life.” 03/25/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_418089C6660D40EDAC8DE50DDDDCD507>.
APA: Basic Black; Ruth Batson: An Activist Life. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_418089C6660D40EDAC8DE50DDDDCD507
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