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Say Brother; Terror at First Night: Inside the Anthony Brooks Story


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Say Brother
Terror at First Night: Inside the Anthony Brooks Story
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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

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Is he a madman who wanted to murder hundreds of people or a man who is paying a heavy price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Say Brother investigates the story of Anthony Brooks, the 26 year-old who stands accused of eight counts of attempted murder for allegedly driving his car into a crowd during First Night celebrations in Boston. "It was a night of terror...we feared for our lives" Brooks says of the night he had to escape a "mob" that allegedly turned on and beat him and his pregnant fiancée. Did race play a role? The crowd was white, Brooks and his fiancée black. What could have been done to prevent the tragedy on what the city says was an otherwise peaceful First Night? We'll hear from both witnesses and victims.

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Terror at First Night: Inside the Anthony Brooks Story,” 02/15/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9E5741BC7BC242EAB1A1B98B720E5EDC.
MLA: “Say Brother; Terror at First Night: Inside the Anthony Brooks Story.” 02/15/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9E5741BC7BC242EAB1A1B98B720E5EDC>.
APA: Say Brother; Terror at First Night: Inside the Anthony Brooks Story. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9E5741BC7BC242EAB1A1B98B720E5EDC
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