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Say Brother; Community Access

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Say Brother
Community Access
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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 three community organizations working to improve the quality of Afro American life in Boston. Host Topper Carew conducts an in-studio discussion with Dinizulu Ceitou, member of the African Liberation Day Support Committee (a committee that focuses not only on the National African Liberation Day demonstration, but works to organize local demonstrations and community forums); Leo Fletcher, member of the United Community Construction Workers (organized in 1968 to combat racism in the construction community and open the job market for black men and women in construction); and Lennie Durant, member of Coalition for a Clean Community (organized to ensure that the quality of city services – garbage removal, street cleaning, street repair, etc. – in black communities equals that of white communities). Carew discusses with each the origins of their organizations, their function in the community and the goals each group has for itself, its members, the communities they serve. Carew touches upon their role in the overall struggle of blacks for equity and liberation.

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Broadcast program

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Fletcher, Leo
Ceitou, Dinizulu
Community development, Urban
Community organization
African Liberation Day Support Committee (Boston, Mass.)
Civil rights
Durant, Lennie
United Community Construction Workers (Boston, Mass.)
Coalition for a Clean Community (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Topper Carew (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
Nicholas, Huntely, Jr. (Films Sound)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Community Access,” 06/09/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Community Access.” 06/09/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Community Access. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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