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Say Brother; New Bedford; Local reaction to the New Bedford protests

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07/23/1970

In this clip, community residents in the west and south end neighborhoods of New Bedford discuss discrimination in education and the lack of opportunities open to Black Americans. Overall the program is a special 90-minute program, "New Bedford," focuses on the African American community of New Bedford, Massachusetts and its response to the issues that led to the race riot/rebellion of July 8th and 9th, 1970. Host Ray Richardson provides a history of the event according to the press and compares the media's interpretation of the riot with the statements and opinions of community residents. Between Friday, July 10, and Sunday, July 12, Say Brother visited the west and south end neighborhoods of New Bedford to discuss discrimination, the direction the community is moving, finding non-factory jobs, the problems unemployment presents to mothers, the difficulties of the welfare system, police harassment, and housing. Due to the graphic language of those interviewed for the program, and due to the fact the program was aired in its entirety against the wishes of WGBH management, Say Brother Producer Ray Richardson was fired after the broadcast. Original air date estimated. Produced by Ray Richardson. Directed by Russell Tillman.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
New Bedford
Program Number

63

Title

Local reaction to the New Bedford protests

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

A special 90-minute program, "New Bedford," focuses on the African American community of New Bedford, Massachusetts and its response to the issues that led to the race riot/rebellion of July 8th and 9th, 1970. Host Ray Richardson provides a history of the event according to the press and compares the media's interpretation of the riot with the statements and opinions of community residents. Between Friday, July 10, and Sunday, July 12, Say Brother visited the west and south end neighborhoods of New Bedford to discuss discrimination, the direction the community is moving, finding non-factory jobs, the problems unemployment presents to mothers, the difficulties of the welfare system, police harassment, and housing. Due to the graphic language of those interviewed for the program, and due to the fact the program was aired in its entirety against the wishes of WGBH management, Say Brother Producer Ray Richardson was fired after the broadcast.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Riots--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Civil rights
African Americans--Attitudes
Black Brothers Action Committee (New Bedford, Mass.)
African Americans--Civil rights
Segregation
Rogers, George
African Americans--Social conditions--1964-1975
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Tillman, Russell (Associate Producer)
Lawrence, Carol (Associate Producer)
Lark, Tony (Associate Producer)
Richardson, Ray (Producer)
Contributors
Gumbs, Mignonne P. (Production Assistant)
Gomez, Jewelle (Production Assistant)
Richardson, Ray (Host)
Lark, Tony (Cameraman)
Alston, Morris (Film Sound)
Fripp, James (Production Assistant)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; New Bedford; Local reaction to the New Bedford protests,” 07/23/1970, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C74EFEC09A9F4611B8D2F479DCB09B16.
MLA: “Say Brother; New Bedford; Local reaction to the New Bedford protests.” 07/23/1970. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C74EFEC09A9F4611B8D2F479DCB09B16>.
APA: Say Brother; New Bedford; Local reaction to the New Bedford protests. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C74EFEC09A9F4611B8D2F479DCB09B16
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