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Say Brother; Education at What Cost


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Say Brother
Education at What Cost
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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

Since the Boston public school system went into US District Court receivership eight years ago to remedy segregation, the city has witnessed chaos marred by violence, racial antagonism, partisan confusion, and a decline in enrollment. Pressed by a looming Unified Facilities Plan deadline, Judge W. Arthur Garrity recommended closing 13 schools in spite of strong opposition from the School Department and outspoken parent groups. Guests James Breeden, Manuel Texeira, Hattie Dudley, and Caroline Playter join a live panel discussion on the events surrounding the Boston public schools controversy.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Education at What Cost,” 05/15/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A0D3530F4C04DB4ABD349C04BCB1725.
MLA: “Say Brother; Education at What Cost.” 05/15/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A0D3530F4C04DB4ABD349C04BCB1725>.
APA: Say Brother; Education at What Cost. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8A0D3530F4C04DB4ABD349C04BCB1725
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