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Say Brother
Basketball Clinic
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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 is divided into two halves: the first consisting of basketball-playing improvement tips, the second of newsmagazine-style segments. Tom "Satch" Sanders, former professional Boston Celtics player and basketball coach for Harvard University (from 1973 to 1977) works with a group of young boys and girls to help them improve their game (better shooting, "lay-up" shots, following through, releasing, passing, etc.) and focuses on team play techniques. Additional segments include "Community Access" (about the work of the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Committee to Rescue African Families From Death by Drought), "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from an interview with Cornell University development staff member Cleve Sellers on the South Carolina State College incident in February 1968 that Sellers participated in), the "Community Calendar," a short segment on the community services Say Brother offers and how to participate, and a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson).

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St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (Boston, Mass.)
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church's Committee to Rescue African Families From Death by Drought
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Sanders, Tom
African American children
African Americans in the performing arts
Sellers, Cleve
African American college students--Political activity
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
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