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Say Brother; Case of Justice, A; African Americans and the United States judicial system

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06/29/1979

In this clip, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz comments on the inability for Black Americans to receive fair treatment in the United States judicial system. Overall, the program is the first in a two-part series discussing the harsh sentencing of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system using the Paplo case, the Hakim Jamal case, and the Willie Saunders/Brighton rape case as studies in injustice. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with individuals involved with the cases, including Frank Neisser (Secretary to the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Mary Harris (mother of Edward Soares, one of the defendants in the Paplo case and member of Family and Friends of Prisoners and the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality ), Larry Gaines (Chairman of the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Professor Alan Dershowitz (with Harvard Law School), Saundra Carney (Coordinator for Brown, Johnson, Clinkscales Support Committee), and Undrey Sanders (brother of Willie Sanders, who was arrested for the rapes in Brighton, and representative for the Willie Sanders Defense Committee). Program includes interview footage with Dinizula Kamau (Efrid Brown, Jr.) and Abdullah Khalil Sabree (both convicted in the Hakim Jamal case) from Say Brother's visit to the Walpole correctional facility and viewer calls related to the cases. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Brian Clarke.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Case of Justice, A
Program Number

922

Title

African Americans and the United States judicial system

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 is the first in a two-part series discussing the harsh sentencing of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system using the Paplo case, the Hakim Jamal case, and the Willie Saunders/Brighton rape case as studies in injustice. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with individuals involved with the cases, including Frank Neisser (Secretary to the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Mary Harris (mother of Edward Soares, one of the defendants in the Paplo case and member of Family and Friends of Prisoners and the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality ), Larry Gaines (Chairman of the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Professor Alan Dershowitz (with Harvard Law School), Saundra Carney (Coordinator for Brown, Johnson, Clinkscales Support Committee), and Undrey Sanders (brother of Willie Sanders, who was arrested for the rapes in Brighton, and representative for the Willie Sanders Defense Committee). Program includes interview footage with Dinizula Kamau (Efrid Brown, Jr.) and Abdullah Khalil Sabree (both convicted in the Hakim Jamal case) from Say Brother's visit to the Walpole correctional facility and viewer calls related to the cases.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Neisser, Frank
Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality
Harris, Mary
Willie Sanders Defense Committee
Dershowitz, Alan M.
Sabree, Abdullah Khalil (William Johnson)
Kamau, Dinizulu (Efrid Brown, Jr.)
Segregation
Civil rights
Jamal, Hakim A., 1931-
Gaines, Larry
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
African American prisoners--Attitudes
Sanders, Undrey
African American prisoners--Massachusetts
Carney, Saundra
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Pugliesi, Joe (Videotape Recordist)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Moore, Robert (Intern)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
McKenna, Jim (Stage Manager)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Davidson, Wendy (Assistant Cameraman)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Gray, Randolph (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Case of Justice, A; African Americans and the United States judicial system,” 06/29/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9505CAA825F0444382DD673438C672E8.
MLA: “Say Brother; Case of Justice, A; African Americans and the United States judicial system.” 06/29/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9505CAA825F0444382DD673438C672E8>.
APA: Say Brother; Case of Justice, A; African Americans and the United States judicial system. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9505CAA825F0444382DD673438C672E8
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