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Say Brother
Current News
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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

Co-anchors James Rowe and Carmen Fields read news stories of interest to the African American community in Boston (the Model Cities layoffs, Freedom House Institute of Education Director Ellen Swenson Jackson's appointment to the Multiethnic Citywide Coordinating Council, Patrick Moynihan's appointment to the United Nations, the circulation of a racist sergeant's exam by Boston policemen, the ten year extension to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and recent acts of Massachusetts legislature). Supporting stories are provided by reporter Leah Fletcher (Roxbury Action Group's recent hosting of French officials touring the United States to see models of urban planning, in this case, the revitalization of the John Elliot Square area in Roxbury ); in-studio interviewer Russell Tillman (who speaks with Massachusetts State representative Doris Bunte about the proposed changes to welfare); cultural reporter Tanya Hart (who speaks with Dr. Alvin Pouissant, co-author of "Black Child Care," reviews the films "Cornbread Earl and Me" and "Space is the Place and introduces a previously filmed interview with actress Jackie "Moms" Mabley); reporter June Cross (on how Phase Two of Judge Garrity's desegregation plan will be implemented); and Tom Hardy (with a special economic analysis).

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Broadcast program

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African American psychologists
African American actresses
African Americans in television broadcasting
Multi-Ethnic Citywide Coordinating Council (Boston, Mass.)
Pouissant, Dr. Alvin
Civil rights
Bunte, Doris
African American politicians
Jackson, Ellen Swepson
Space Is the Place (Motion picture)
African Americans--Education
Cornbread Earl and Me (Motion picture)
Busing for school integration--School management and organization
METCO (Boston, Mass.)
John Elliot Square (Roxbury, Mass.)
Television broadcasting of news
Mabley, Jackie
Inner cities--Massachusetts--Boston
Busing for school integration--Law and legislation
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
Roxbury Action Program
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Crane, David (VTR Recordist)
Rowe, James (Host)
Sullivan, John (Studio Technician)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Fields, Carmen (Host)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Cross, June (Reporter)
Tillman, Russell (Reporter)
Lawson, Rick (Researcher)
Farrier, Steve (Still Photography)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Engineer)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Current News,” 06/12/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 20, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88BFA7D8CDC34A7492B04B79370D6F22.
MLA: “Say Brother; Current News.” 06/12/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 20, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88BFA7D8CDC34A7492B04B79370D6F22>.
APA: Say Brother; Current News. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88BFA7D8CDC34A7492B04B79370D6F22
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