Basic Black; Relations Between Boston’s Black and Irish
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- Basic Black
- Relations Between Boston’s Black and Irish
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.
Series release date: 1/8/1998
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Since the early days of busing in Boston, the difficult relationships between the city’s Irish and African American residents have been well documented.
After presenting a brief history of relationships between Boston’s Black and Irish communities, BASIC BLACK tells two stories that illustrate how African Americans and Irish are coming together to celebrate their similarities.
BASIC BLACK goes to Packy’s Pub on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury to meet its Irish American owner, Pat "Packy" Connors. For over forty years, African Americans who live in the neighborhood have patronized Packy’s, along with Irish Americans and, more recently, other immigrants. Connors describes the Black community’s outpouring of support for him when he battled cancer several years ago, and agrees with a headline from a Globe story: "If Packy’s can do it, why can’t city?"
Next, BASIC BLACK shows how the Irish Immigration Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering recent Irish immigrants to become socially aware, is reaching out to Boston’s African American community with cross-cultural activities. A drumming class in South Boston pairs traditional African drumming techniques with ancient Celtic rhythms, showcasing the musical traditions of each community. The Center’s Black and Green Coming Together in Boston—an annual Black History Month event which brings people from the African American and Irish communities together for lunch and discussion—further promotes understanding between the two communities.
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- Race and Ethnicity
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