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Say Brother
Desegregation Debate, The
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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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We examine the state's 22 year-old desegregation law mandating racially balanced public schools. The only law of its kind in the US, its original aim was to ensure that students across the state receive an equal education. Some believe that goal has been achieved and busing is no longer necessary. We talk to people on both sides of the debate. (Produced in conjunction with the McCormack Institute for Public Affairs at UMass Boston, Massachusetts Bar Association, Harvard Project on School Desegregation.)



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Desegregation Debate, The,” 06/25/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F2A0EA98A5A4E3B9F0E5457F55BA622.
MLA: “Say Brother; Desegregation Debate, The.” 06/25/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F2A0EA98A5A4E3B9F0E5457F55BA622>.
APA: Say Brother; Desegregation Debate, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F2A0EA98A5A4E3B9F0E5457F55BA622
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