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Say Brother
Day with Muhammad Ali, A
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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 ties together several events related to Muhammad Ali's trip to Boston to participate in a benefit boxing exhibition for the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. Segments include excerpts from a press conference held by Elma Lewis (Director of the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts) and Ali for African American journalists, an interview with Ali conducted by Barbara Barrow, excerpts from Ali's exhibition bouts with Peter Fuller, Walter Haines, and Ronnie Drinkwater, an interview with Ronnie Drinkwater (conducted by Charlie Stuart in Club 44) before Drinkwater's bout with Ali, and an excerpt from Ali's speech at the 1975 Nation of Islam's Savior's Day celebration in Chicago. Program serves to illustrate the reputation of the school.



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Ali, Muhammad, 1942-
Lewis, Elma
Fuller, Peter
Press conferences
Drinkwater, Ronnie
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
African American athletes
African American journalists
Civil rights
African American boxers
Haynes, Walter
African American women
Boxing matches--Massachusetts
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Bill (Audio Editor)
Rivero, Marita (Producer Program Segment)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio Editor)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Macie, Roger (Video)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
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