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Say Brother; Tavares; A.B. Spellman comments on the pardon granted to President Richard Nixon

Part of Say Brother.

10/17/1974

This clip features "The Word" with commentary by professor and historian A.B. Spellman focuses on the pardon and immunity granted to President Richard M. Nixon, based on a plea of depression. Spellman compares this to the treatment given to African Americans facing time in jail. Overall in this program, Say Brother presents the musical group Tavares, who perform in-studio before an audience. The Tavares brothers (Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares, aka Chubby, Tiny, Ralph, Pooch, and Butch) sing "Am I Too Late," "Strangers in Dark Corners," "If That's the Way You Want It," and "Check It Out" with supporting musicians. Additional program segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Access" (on the services of the Roxbury Defenders Committee, Inc.), "Information" (on rent control and rent increases), "Blast From the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1968 Say Brother interview with musician Smokey Robinson), "The Word" (with commentary by professor and historian A.B. Spellman on the recent pardon granted by President Gerald Ford to President Richard Nixon on September 4, 1974), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Tavares
Program Number

403

Title

A.B. Spellman comments on the pardon granted to President Richard Nixon

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

Say Brother presents the musical group Tavares, who perform in-studio before an audience. The Tavares brothers (Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares, aka Chubby, Tiny, Ralph, Pooch, and Butch) sing "Am I Too Late," "Strangers in Dark Corners," "If That's the Way You Want It," and "Check It Out" with supporting musicians. Additional program segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Access" (on the services of the Roxbury Defenders Committee, Inc.), "Information" (on rent control and rent increases), "Blast From the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1968 Say Brother interview with musician Smokey Robinson), "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
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Roxbury Defenders Committee, Inc.
Tavares (Musical group)
Robinson, Smokey, 1940-
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (Musical group)
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994--Impeachment
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994--Pardon
Privileges and immunities
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Cooper, James (Commentary Editor)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Davis, Tony (Talent Coordinator)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Williams, Ira (Music Coordinator)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Tavares; A.B. Spellman comments on the pardon granted to President Richard Nixon,” 10/17/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F63F05D3841E44B68754CADAA3D6BC71.
MLA: “Say Brother; Tavares; A.B. Spellman comments on the pardon granted to President Richard Nixon.” 10/17/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F63F05D3841E44B68754CADAA3D6BC71>.
APA: Say Brother; Tavares; A.B. Spellman comments on the pardon granted to President Richard Nixon. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F63F05D3841E44B68754CADAA3D6BC71
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