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Say Brother; Music, Beautifully Black: A Retrospective


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Say Brother
Music, Beautifully Black: A Retrospective
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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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Retrospective on great African-American musicians from the 1920s to the 1960s. Features music by and profiles of such great musicians and entertainers as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Music, Beautifully Black: A Retrospective,” 12/10/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 13, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D09FE480A08C4DC28F8EF3EAB9E0D1E3.
MLA: “Say Brother; Music, Beautifully Black: A Retrospective.” 12/10/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 13, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D09FE480A08C4DC28F8EF3EAB9E0D1E3>.
APA: Say Brother; Music, Beautifully Black: A Retrospective. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D09FE480A08C4DC28F8EF3EAB9E0D1E3
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