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Say Brother; King Balthazar: Lord of Hidden Treasure


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Say Brother
King Balthazar: Lord of Hidden Treasure
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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

Researched and narrated by Mario Valdes, a scholar of black contributions to western civilization prior to the slave trade, this program takes aim at accepted beliefs about contemporary Christmas rituals. Aided by visuals of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art, Valdes presents convincing evidence of the cultural link between great black civilizations of the past and the firmament of contemporary religious practice.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; King Balthazar: Lord of Hidden Treasure,” 05/20/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7CD3FC9A3E784111BFC413D6D6697287.
MLA: “Say Brother; King Balthazar: Lord of Hidden Treasure.” 05/20/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7CD3FC9A3E784111BFC413D6D6697287>.
APA: Say Brother; King Balthazar: Lord of Hidden Treasure. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7CD3FC9A3E784111BFC413D6D6697287
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