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Say Brother
Senior Citizens
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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 focuses on the contributions made by, and services for, the elderly of Boston. Host Topper Carew interviews three prominent African American senior citizens: Melnea Cass (lifelong Boston community advocate and volunteer), Lometor Boston (volunteer), and Ralph J. Banks, and talks with them about programs available to seniors, their advice for young people, the cutting of federal programs, and their hopes for the elderly community. Program also contains a poetry reading by Bishop Curtain and a musical performance by Rowena Williams.



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Broadcast program

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Older African Americans
Boston, Lometor
Older people--Services for
Moore, Charles
African American women
Civil rights
Older people--Services for--Massachusetts
African American poets
Older people--Attitudes
Curtin, Bishop St. Clair
Oral interpretation of poetry
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
African American musicians
African American singers
Banks, Ralph J.
Williams, Rowena
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
Carew, Topper (Host)
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