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Say Brother
Politics of Women's Healthcare, The
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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

Program explores the issue of why there are so few women the healthcare professions and the ramifications of this on women's health. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with guests Sherry Weingart (Co-director of the Women's Community Heath Center), Mary Alice Lee (Director of Counseling and Referrals for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts), Beverly Smith (an instructor on women's health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and member of the Boston Chapter Committee to End Sterilization Abuse), and Christine Bond (Director of Family Planning, Harvard St. Neighborhood Health Center) about the impact of the increasing role of male physicians on women's healthcare, political issues (such as legislation and abortion) related to women's healthcare, sex and sexuality education, and whether or not sterilization is being forced deliberately on Third World women. Additional segments include a brief interview with musician Webster Lewis (Director of the Post Pop Space Rock Be Bop Gospel Tabernacle Orchestra and Chorus of Boston) conducted by Barrow-Murray in which Lewis talks about his new recording Touch My Love and his role in the 1978 Boston Disco Awards show (footage from Lewis' performance at the Disco Awards included).



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Smith, Beverly
Women's health services
Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
Bond, Christine
Women's Community Heath Center
Lee, Mary Alice
Women in medicine
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Civil rights
Women's rights
Weingart, Sherry
Post Pop Space Rock Be Bop Gospel Tabernacle Orchestra and Chorus
African American musicians
Boston Chapter Committee to End Sterilization
Lewis, Webster
Race and Ethnicity
Atwood, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Payne, Hunter (Lighting Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Koppel, Tiit (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Politics of Women's Healthcare, The,” 04/05/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850F83A87B764CF298BE694C8A4C3E27.
MLA: “Say Brother; Politics of Women's Healthcare, The.” 04/05/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850F83A87B764CF298BE694C8A4C3E27>.
APA: Say Brother; Politics of Women's Healthcare, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_850F83A87B764CF298BE694C8A4C3E27
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