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Say Brother; Christmas in Color; Black Nativity

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12/23/1977

This clip is an excerpt from "Black Nativity," performed by vocalists from the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. This musical production is based on the play "Black Nativity." by Langston Hughes. Overall, the program is A Say Brother special presentation, "Christmas in Color", features the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts' musical adaptation of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," which was performed in-studio. Additional segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) and a "Christmas Cabaret" featuring four songs by vocalist Chip Garnett with back-up vocalists Cheryl Freeman and Sheryl Shell. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Christmas in Color
Program Number

813

Title

Black Nativity

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

A Say Brother special presentation, "Christmas in Color", features the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts' musical adaptation of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," which was performed in-studio. Additional segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) and a "Christmas Cabaret" featuring four songs by vocalist Chip Garnett with back-up vocalists Cheryl Freeman and Sheryl Shell.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Black Nativity (Theatrical production)
African Americans in the performing arts
Garnett, Chip
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Christmas plays, American
Freeman, Cheryl
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Shell, Sheryl
African American singers
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Blackman, Vernon (Music Director)
Shah, Bruce (Director Program Segment)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Waters, Mitch (Camera)
Ross, John (Musician)
O'Brien, Lindsey (Assistant Cameraman)
Shipley, Jack (Still Photography)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Himes, Eric (Director Program Segment)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
McGonagle, Richard (Audio)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Allen, Pearl (Musician)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Howard, George (Director Dance)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Wilson, Billy (Musical Staging)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Christmas in Color; Black Nativity,” 12/23/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B27B5C7FBDA40E1B9BB9FEE8F534F45.
MLA: “Say Brother; Christmas in Color; Black Nativity.” 12/23/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B27B5C7FBDA40E1B9BB9FEE8F534F45>.
APA: Say Brother; Christmas in Color; Black Nativity. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4B27B5C7FBDA40E1B9BB9FEE8F534F45
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