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Say Brother; Many Voices, Many Hopes

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Say Brother
Many Voices, Many Hopes
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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

Program Description

This program is a seasonal greeting card featuring many styles of Black music which express both the mood of the holidays from different cultural perspectives and our hopes for peace and goodwill in the coming year.

Say Brother host Elliott Francis and the cast of "Black Nativity" introduce each musical segment which will feature: The Silver Stars, a locally popular Caribbean Steel Band, Barbara Lyons, a wonderful new vocal sound to Boston accompanied by noted jazz pianist, James Williams and WBZ-TV's Charlie Austin and his acappella group.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Many Voices, Many Hopes,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B23E0F22AD78464C969C87EC418E2704.
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