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Say Brother; Elma Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration; Blast from the Past with musician Jerry Iceman Butler

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01/23/1975

In this clip, "Blast from the Past" features an excerpt from an early 1970s Say Brother interview with musician Jerry "Iceman" Butler where he talks about the difficulties for new performers to be given air time, especially African American musicians. Overall the program focuses on the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Roxbury, Mass. Host Matthew Goode (education specialist for the Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Education) speaks with Reverend George Thomas (Chairman of the Board for the National Center of Afro-American Artists and Chairman of the 25th Anniversary Committee), Vernon Blackman (Drama Director at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts) and Margret Morgan (longtime friend, supporter, and "Honorary Mother" of Lewis's school) to discuss the history of the school, its importance, the community it serves, and the events that will comprise the celebration. Additional program segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Access" (on the work of the Roxbury Medical Technical Institute), "Information" (on how to purchase safe toys for children), "Blast from the Past" (with an early 1970s Say Brother interview with musician Jerry "Iceman" Butler), "The Word" (with commentary by professor and historian A.B. Spellman), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Elma Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration
Program Number

413

Title

Blast from the Past with musician Jerry Iceman Butler

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

Program focuses on the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Roxbury, Mass. Host Matthew Goode (education specialist for the Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Education) speaks with Reverend George Thomas (Chairman of the Board for the National Center of Afro-American Artists and Chairman of the 25th Anniversary Committee), Vernon Blackman (Drama Director at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts) and Margret Morgan (longtime friend, supporter, and "Honorary Mother" of Lewis's school) to discuss the history of the school, its importance, the community it serves, and the events that will comprise the celebration. Additional program segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Access" (on the work of the Roxbury Medical Technical Institute), "Information" (on how to purchase safe toys for children), "Blast from the Past" (with an early 1970s Say Brother interview with musician Jerry "Iceman" Butler), "The Word" (with commentary by professor and historian A.B. Spellman), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
>Blackman, Vernon
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
Thomas, Rev. George
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Goode, Matthew
Roxbury Technical Medical Institute (Roxbury, Mass.)
African Americans in the performing arts
Butler, Jerry
Lewis, Elma
Morgan, Margret
African American musicians
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Contributors
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Goode, Matthew (Host)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Thomas, Andrew (Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Elma Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration; Blast from the Past with musician Jerry Iceman Butler,” 01/23/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2F117C781FB4840A4FBE846CD709DEE.
MLA: “Say Brother; Elma Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration; Blast from the Past with musician Jerry Iceman Butler.” 01/23/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2F117C781FB4840A4FBE846CD709DEE>.
APA: Say Brother; Elma Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration; Blast from the Past with musician Jerry Iceman Butler. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E2F117C781FB4840A4FBE846CD709DEE
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