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Say Brother; Last Hired, First Fired Again


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Say Brother
Last Hired, First Fired Again
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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

A look at the reported marked decline in the number of women, blacks and Hispanics in state jobs under Gov. Edward King's administration. Amidst charges of systematic elimination and flagrant racism, we examine this issue with officials from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and from the King administration. Guests are MCAD commissioner Jane Edmonds and Alex Rodriguez.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Last Hired, First Fired Again,” 03/27/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F5B044B126494CFF816060401E2D5BCF.
MLA: “Say Brother; Last Hired, First Fired Again.” 03/27/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F5B044B126494CFF816060401E2D5BCF>.
APA: Say Brother; Last Hired, First Fired Again. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F5B044B126494CFF816060401E2D5BCF
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