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Say Brother; Fatherhood


A focus on the roles of fathers in the lives of their children. The program will delve into the stories of several fathers and what impact their availability and/or absence has had on the relationships with their children and on their own development.

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Say Brother
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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

Program Description

Ellen Kushner hosts a Sound & Spirit Fathers' Day special about what our fathers mean to us. Music and poetry, myths and stories from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia combine to show what it is to have, and to be a father.

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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Fatherhood,” 11/27/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 27, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4D0C905405BD4BBF945752710C25D06D.
MLA: “Say Brother; Fatherhood.” 11/27/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 27, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4D0C905405BD4BBF945752710C25D06D>.
APA: Say Brother; Fatherhood. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4D0C905405BD4BBF945752710C25D06D
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