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Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart; Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart

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04/23/1981

This clip is an except from the program which investigates the events the night Levi Hart, a 14-year-old African American youth from Roxbury, Mass., was killed in a police chase. (Hart, and two other Roxbury youths had stolen and car. When the officers caught up to them, Hart was shot, arguably by Richard Bourque in an act of police brutality.) Say Brother, in a documentary-style program, interviews Andrea Swores (a teacher of Hart's), Jean Hart (Levi Hart's mother), Judge Richard L. Banks (who presided over the inquest), Dr. Luke G. Tedeschi (who performed the second autopsy on Hart's body), Henry F. Owens, III (the Hart family lawyer), and attorney Frank J. McGee (who represented police officer Richard Bourque in the lawsuit that followed). Program features the additional commentary of state representative Doris Bunte and Saundra Graham, the comments of the Chairman of the National Black United Front Rev. Herbert Daughtry, and dramatic reenactments of the morning Hart was killed and of three testimonials from the legal transcript of the initial inquest investigating the shooting (those of eyewitness Harcourt Lewis, Roxbury youth Darrius Williams, and Boston police officer Richard Bourque). Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murphy. Directed by George Rivera.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
In the Matter of Levi Hart
Program Number

1120

Title

Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart

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

Program investigates the events the night Levi Hart, a 14-year-old African American youth from Roxbury, Mass., was killed in a police chase. (Hart, and two other Roxbury youths had stolen a car. When the officers caught up to them, Hart was shot, arguably by Richard Bourque in an act of police brutality.) Say Brother, in a documentary-style program, interviews Andrea Swores (a teacher of Hart's), Jean Hart (Levi Hart's mother), Judge Richard L. Banks (who presided over the inquest), Dr. Luke G. Tedeschi (who performed the second autopsy on Hart's body), Henry F. Owens, III (the Hart family lawyer), and attorney Frank J. McGee (who represented police officer Richard Bourque in the lawsuit that followed). Program features the additional commentary of state representative Doris Bunte and Saundra Graham, the comments of the Chairman of the National Black United Front Rev. Herbert Daughtry, and dramatic reenactments of the morning Hart was killed and of three testimonials from the legal transcript of the initial inquest investigating the shooting (those of eyewitness Harcourt Lewis, Roxbury youth Darrius Williams, and Boston police officer Richard Bourque).

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Civil rights
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Graham, Saundra
African American politicans
Bourque, Richard
Bunte, Doris
Police brutality
Banks, Judge Richard L.
Hart, Levi
Trials (Police misconduct)
Discrimination in law enforcement
Daughtry, Rev. Herbert
African American teenagers
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Rivera, George (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Hill, Rebecca (Make Up)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Williams-Moore, Evelyn (Casting)
Banks, Judy (Production Assistant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Sullivan, John L. (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Deering, Jim (Videotape Recordist)
Conroy, Lynn (Camera)
Easterling, Michael (Production Manager)
Macie, Roger (Video)
Bennett, Mark (Intern)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Duval, Lynn (Intern)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Director Program Segment)
Barclay, Patrick (Intern)
Beres, Marc (Gaffer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Plausse, John (Stage Manager)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Gibbs, Deborah (Assistant Unit Manager)
Jenkins, John (Audio)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Strother, Darlene (Intern)
Mekuria, Salem (Production Secretary)
Goldman, Elias (Video)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart; Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart,” 04/23/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7EB66DB747C74BD5B7C81B320DE048E8.
MLA: “Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart; Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart.” 04/23/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7EB66DB747C74BD5B7C81B320DE048E8>.
APA: Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart; Henry F. Owens, III, comments on the death of Levi Hart. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7EB66DB747C74BD5B7C81B320DE048E8
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