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Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?; Falling standards in Boston Public Schools

Part of Say Brother.

01/21/1977

In this clip Leah Fletcher reports on the 900 page report prepared by the Boston School Department at the request of the school superintendent, Marion Fahey, that states that reading and math scores for the city's children are well below standard, especially for Black students. Overall the program focuses on minority cultural institutions and whether they are destined to fail in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists about the limited existence of minority cultural institutions, what institutions serve Blacks in America, if the National Center is a stable institution, the role of donations and individual giving in the economic viability of an institution, and the difficulty in getting grants (due to the fact, as Lewis states, grant monies are distributed to perpetuate a culture rather than develop marginalized populations). Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, the "Third World Connection" (in which the mixture of African, Chinese, and Eastern Europe people is discussed), and the "Community Calendar." Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?
Program Number

714

Title

Falling standards in Boston Public Schools

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 focuses on minority cultural institutions and whether they are destined to fail in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists about the limited existence of minority cultural institutions, what institutions serve Blacks in America, if the National Center is a stable institution, the role of donations and individual giving in the economic viability of an institution, and the difficulty in getting grants (due to the fact, as Lewis states, grant monies are distributed to perpetuate a culture rather than develop marginalized populations). Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, the "Third World Connection" (in which the mixture of African, Chinese, and Eastern Europe people is discussed), and the "Community Calendar."

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Segregation
Lewis, Elma
School management and organization
Civil rights
Education--Standards
National Center of Afro-American Artists
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Assembly)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Koppel, Tiit (Assistant Stage Manager)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Floyd, Mike (Stage Manager)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio Editor)
Burdett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?; Falling standards in Boston Public Schools,” 01/21/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 7, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF0C3DE49AD4DA3A16482E20BD17AD3.
MLA: “Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?; Falling standards in Boston Public Schools.” 01/21/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 7, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF0C3DE49AD4DA3A16482E20BD17AD3>.
APA: Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?; Falling standards in Boston Public Schools. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF0C3DE49AD4DA3A16482E20BD17AD3
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