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Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote; Ed Redd and Raymond Jordan debate why most African Americans are Democrats

Part of Say Brother.

05/26/1978

A clip from the program which focuses on the value of the Black voter and the role African Americans play in the national political system. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray and co-host Karen Holmes speak with attorney Fletcher "Flash" Wiley (a registered Independent with the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), attorney Ed Redd (a member of the Black Republican Caucus), and Representative Raymond Jordan (Democrat with the Massachusetts Black Caucus) about the value of the African American voter in the political system, why there is so much voter apathy, what the parties have to do to ensure they get and keep the Black vote, why African Americans tend to vote locally for the "person" but nationally for a "party," how the abolishment of the electoral college would affect the Black vote, and what each of the parties would need to do to either get or keep votes. Program includes excerpts from Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech on April 18, 1978, at the Middlesex Republican Club's 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner, an interview with Jackson conducted by Karen Holmes at the dinner, and brief interviews with Madison Denniston, John "Moe" Robinson, and attorney Clarence Elam on what the Republican Party has to offer African Americans. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by David Atwood.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Value of the Black Vote
Program Number

829

Title

Ed Redd and Raymond Jordan debate why most African Americans are Democrats

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 value of the Black voter and the role African Americans play in the national political system. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray and co-host Karen Holmes speak with attorney Fletcher "Flash" Wiley (a registered Independent with the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), attorney Ed Redd (a member of the Black Republican Caucus), and Representative Raymond Jordan (Democrat with the Massachusetts Black Caucus) about the value of the African American voter in the political system, why there is so much voter apathy, what the parties have to do to ensure they get and keep the Black vote, why African Americans tend to vote locally for the "person" but nationally for a "party," how the abolishment of the electoral college would affect the Black vote, and what each of the parties would need to do to either get or keep votes. Program includes excerpts from Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech on April 18, 1978, at the Middlesex Republican Club's 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner, an interview with Jackson conducted by Karen Holmes at the dinner, and brief interviews with Madison Denniston, John "Moe" Robinson, and attorney Clarence Elam on what the Republican Party has to offer African Americans.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Robinson, John
Segregation
African American politicians
Civil rights
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Denniston, Madison
Middlesex Republican Club - 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner (1978)
Political parties
Elam, Clarence
Jordan, Raymond
Wiley, Fletcher
Redd, Edward R.
Voting
African Americans--Politics and government
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Atwood, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Johnson, Bill (Audio)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Holmes, Karen (Host)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote; Ed Redd and Raymond Jordan debate why most African Americans are Democrats,” 05/26/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FABCC15F922E4412B0E9C0FFD0B12C77.
MLA: “Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote; Ed Redd and Raymond Jordan debate why most African Americans are Democrats.” 05/26/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FABCC15F922E4412B0E9C0FFD0B12C77>.
APA: Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote; Ed Redd and Raymond Jordan debate why most African Americans are Democrats. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FABCC15F922E4412B0E9C0FFD0B12C77
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