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Say Brother
Politics and Poverty: The Welfare Debate
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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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In 1936, Franklin Roosevelt unveiled The New Deal, a social policy initiative that would give aid and protect poor mothers and their children. Today the welfare system is under attack and the reality is that 13 million recipients and the states are bracing for cuts. This radical reform would save the federal government $55 billion in the next six years, $27 billion in food stamps alone. But as Congress fights to replace a federal guarantee of individual welfare payments with annual block grants to the states, President Clinton is forced into making the ultimate decision for the more than 4 million families who rely on the system. Say Brother dissects the politics of a system that some experts have blamed for creating a culture of poverty.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Politics and Poverty: The Welfare Debate,” 10/03/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6E4942F0354E4E9EAD84302FB99DA0.
MLA: “Say Brother; Politics and Poverty: The Welfare Debate.” 10/03/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6E4942F0354E4E9EAD84302FB99DA0>.
APA: Say Brother; Politics and Poverty: The Welfare Debate. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FC6E4942F0354E4E9EAD84302FB99DA0
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