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Say Brother; Community in Action

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Say Brother
Community in Action
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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 discusses a variety of topics via a magazine-style format. Host John Slade introduces a moderated discussion led by Say Brother filmmaker Henry Johnson with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) employees Barbara Brydie, Arnett Waters, and Russell Hill (who discuss the agency's threatened status due to a proposed withdrawal of federal aid in President Nixon's proposed budget), an interview and performance by vocalist Eddie B. with the Contemporary Jazz Trio; and an interview conducted by John Slade with Helaine Simmonds, Clarence Dilday, and Benjamin Jones of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (on Governor Francis Williams Sargent's judgeship nominations).



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B., Eddie
Jones, Benjamin
African American lawyers
Waters, Arnett
Civil rights
African American musicians
Brydie, Barbara
Hill, Russell
Human services--Massachusetts
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
African American singers
African American judges--Massachusetts
Action for Boston Community Development
African American women
Dilday, Clarence
Contemporary Jazz Trio
Simmonds, Helaine
Race and Ethnicity
John Slade (Producer)
Tillman, Russell (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Production Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Slade, John (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
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