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Say Brother
Say Brother 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration
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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

Program Description

Say Brother celebrates its 15th anniversary as WGBH's longest running target audience program with a special "gala" broadcast from three locations in Boston: the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, WGBH TV, and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. With hosts Jim Spruill, Beth Deare, and Tanya Hart (each at a separate location); entertainers Randy Weston, Webster Lewis, Noel Pointer, Kamal Scott, the Fred Benjamin Dancers (from New York City), the current cast of the Next Move Theatre's "All Night Strut" and Michael Smart and Naomi Moody of a Boston production of "Porgy and Bess"; guests David Atwood, Hazel Bright, Gloria Fox, Barry Gaither, Elma Lewis, Jean McGuire, Carmen McRae, Karl Nurse, Dan Richardson, Marita Rivero, and Sarah-Ann Shaw; special segments ("Happy Birthday" inserts, an "insider" look at Webster Lewis' studio production of a recording by Robert Guillaume, previously aired interview footage with WGBH President David O. Ives, and the presentation of Say Brother's First Annual Awards).



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Bright, Hazel
Putnam, Glendora
Richardson, Joey
Spruill, Jim
Richardson, Dan
Civil rights
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
McGuire, Jean
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Gaither, Barry
Bagley, Sandy
Ledford, Mark
McRae, Carmen
Hart, Tanya
Lugo, Lita
Say Brother - Anniversaries
Fred Benjamin Dancers
Deare, Beth
Scott, Kamal
Gilmore, Marvin
Deare, Paul
Osborne, Michael
African American musicians
Master Cylinder (Musical group)
Ross, John
Rivero, Marita
Weston, Randy
Nurse, Karl
African American women
National Center of Afro-American Artists. Museum
Lee, David
Lewis, Elma
Say Brother Community Committee
Atwood, David
Lewis, Webster
Pointer, Noel
Fox, Gloria
Ortiz, Raquel
Woody, Betty
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Waters (Musical grounp)
Grimes, Kevin
Langhart, Janet
Guillaume, Robert
Race and Ethnicity
Calvin A. Lindsay , Jr. (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Host)
Spruill, Jim (Host)
Ortiz, Raquel (Host)
Hart, Tanya (Host)
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