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Say Brother; Sex Education: Why Bother


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Say Brother
Sex Education: Why Bother
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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

The report of the Governor's Committee on Children and the Family revealed startling statistics on teen pregnancy and evidence of a national trend in teenage sexual activity. Host Beth Deare and a group of area young people discuss the kind of sex education they would find most helpful to their decision making process. Taped interviews with parents and school personnel offer adult perspectives and stimulate discussion among the young people participating. Repackaged repeat show (7/30/81) includes a discussion with Miss Black America Pamela Jenks; and a segment on the fire at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, including footage.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Sex Education: Why Bother,” 12/20/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_55842A53B0614AA08C4629089FDA0457.
MLA: “Say Brother; Sex Education: Why Bother.” 12/20/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_55842A53B0614AA08C4629089FDA0457>.
APA: Say Brother; Sex Education: Why Bother. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_55842A53B0614AA08C4629089FDA0457
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