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Say Brother; Who's Failing Our Children?


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Say Brother
Who's Failing Our Children?
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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

Hosted by Darren Duarte, this program centers around the Oakland California School District that passed an unprecedented amendment recognizing “Black English” as a second language. Oakland officials say “Ebonics,” which some educators consider to be a distinct language spoken by the descendants of slaves, will help the grim statistics of the 50,000-student school district. This studio debate weighs whether the move was historic or financially motivated to the detriment of young African Americans.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Who's Failing Our Children?,” 01/23/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A069540C5B44D24AD7FFABBED9E6705.
MLA: “Say Brother; Who's Failing Our Children?.” 01/23/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A069540C5B44D24AD7FFABBED9E6705>.
APA: Say Brother; Who's Failing Our Children?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A069540C5B44D24AD7FFABBED9E6705
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