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Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja; Ron Karenga and the origin of Kwanzaa

Part of Say Brother.

12/27/1973

In this clip Brother Imara talks about the origin of the Kwanzaa since it was first by formed by Ron Karenga in the late 1960s. Overall the program focuses on the meaning and celebration of Kwanzaa, the African celebration of first fruits. Segments include "man on the street" interviews conducted by two middle school students (who ask shoppers if they know what Kwanzaa is), in-studio performances by the St. Joseph's Community School Junior and Senior Choirs, a Kwanzaa question-and-answer session with Brother Imara, an in-studio Kwanzaa ceremony; and performances of the folktales "Thunder and Lightning" and "Why God Lives in the Sky" by storyteller Brother Blue (Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill). Produced by Topper Carew. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Spirit of Umoja
Program Number

310

Title

Ron Karenga and the origin of Kwanzaa

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 the meaning and celebration of Kwanzaa, the African celebration of first fruits. Segments include "man on the street" interviews conducted by two middle school students (who ask shoppers if they know what Kwanzaa is), in-studio performances by the St. Joseph's Community School Junior and Senior Choirs, a Kwanzaa question-and-answer session with Brother Imara, an in-studio Kwanzaa ceremony; and performances of the folktales "Thunder and Lightning" and "Why God Lives in the Sky" by storyteller Brother Blue (Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill).

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Kwanzaa
St. Joseph's Community School
Brother Blue
African Americans--Folklore
Civil rights
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Nicholas,Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Carew, Topper (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja; Ron Karenga and the origin of Kwanzaa,” 12/27/1973, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 7, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9106A06DC02748E89C7E85597C969168.
MLA: “Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja; Ron Karenga and the origin of Kwanzaa.” 12/27/1973. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 7, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9106A06DC02748E89C7E85597C969168>.
APA: Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja; Ron Karenga and the origin of Kwanzaa. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9106A06DC02748E89C7E85597C969168
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