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Say Brother; Kwanzaa; The meaning of Kwanzaa

Part of Say Brother.

12/19/1974

An excerpt from a program that focuses on the meaning and celebration of Kwanzaa. Through interviews conducted by children discovering the meaning of Kwanzaa and an in-studio ceremony, Say Brother examines, with the help of Brother Imara, Kwanzaa's ceremonial elements (straw mat, candle holder, candles), the seven principles celebrated during Kwanzaa (unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith), the "first fruits," the difference between Kwanzaa and Christmas, and the meaning of the unity cup and the ears of corn placed on the ceremonial table. The second half of the program contains a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Access" (with Jackie W. Cooper, Director of the Roxbury Alcoholic Intervention Center on what the Center does), an in-studio performance by the Helen Hollins Singers (gospel), "Information" (on the Highland Park Free School), and the "Community Calendar." Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Kwanzaa
Program Number

409

Title

The meaning 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

Kwanzaa

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Roxbury Alcoholic Intervention Center
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Civil rights
Cooper, Jackie W.
Highland Park Free School
African Americans--Folklore
Kwanzaa
Helen Hollins Singers, The (Musical group)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Thomas, Andrew (Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Kwanzaa; The meaning of Kwanzaa,” 12/19/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_943EA34AF463462A8E5EF19E45D84046.
MLA: “Say Brother; Kwanzaa; The meaning of Kwanzaa.” 12/19/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_943EA34AF463462A8E5EF19E45D84046>.
APA: Say Brother; Kwanzaa; The meaning of Kwanzaa. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_943EA34AF463462A8E5EF19E45D84046
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