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Say Brother; Carribean; Ralph H. Metcalfe on the Panama Canal

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This clip features this week's edition of the "Political Note" featuresIllinois State Representative Ralph H. Metcalfe delivering his opinion on the future control of the Panama Canal. Overall the program provides insight into the ways in which the Caribbean's history is significant to the African American population, especially as the Caribbean served a major stopping point for slave ships bringing Africans to the New World. Program segments include: an excerpt from a film on St. Croix (narrated by Big Jim Bennerson), "Dealin'" with Winston Kendall (an attorney from Trinidad practicing in the United States), a "Conversation" with Vickie Jones and Kendall on his impressions of African American culture as a person new to the United States, a "Spotlight" poetry reading by Winifred "Oyoko" Loving about St. Croix, "Information" on the role of the Federal Communications Commission and the need for people to write to general managers suggesting African American programming, "Bookbeat," the "Political Note" with Illinois State Representative Ralph H. Metcalfe on his opinion on the future control of the Panama Canal, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Commentary" on traveling by Askia Muhammad, and segment interludes with personalities Tanya Hart, Jozelle Reed and Ric Mandrill (of the musical group Mandrill). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Ralph H. Metcalfe on the Panama Canal

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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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Metcalfe, Ralph H.
Mandrill, Ric
Panama Canal (Panama)
African American politicians
Hart, Tanya
Muhammad, Askia
African Americans--Attitudes
Reed, Zozelle
Loving, Winifred "Oyoko"
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Still Photography)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Editor)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Editor)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Lark, Tony (Editor Segment)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Crippens, David (Host)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Hill, Rebecca (Community Coordinator)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Carribean; Ralph H. Metcalfe on the Panama Canal,” 11/26/1975, GBH Archives, accessed February 23, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Carribean; Ralph H. Metcalfe on the Panama Canal.” 11/26/1975. GBH Archives. Web. February 23, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Carribean; Ralph H. Metcalfe on the Panama Canal. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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