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Say Brother
Hour with Marcia Ann Gillespie, An
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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 consists of a one-hour interview conducted by Barbara Barrow-Murray with Marcia Ann Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine. Topics include Gillespie's work at Essence, her editorials, her family life, her reasons for not marrying, child rearing and preparing female children for adulthood, and affirmative action. Program includes questions from a studio audience of professional women in Boston preselected by Murray: Sara Ting (WMBR FM radio producer), Mary Rose Ezpeleta (President of Mary Rose Products, Inc.), Frida Rodriguez (Director of the Hispanic-Portugese Program at the Massachusetts Department of Welfare), Mona Boyd (Director of Recruitment and Selection with the Department of Correction), Gwenn Crockett (Boston Public Library), Cynthia Lewis (Unit Manager, WGBH TV), Consuelo Gonzalez-Thornell (Project Director, RTP, Women's Employment Division), and Libby Chiu (District Coordinator for Bilingual Education, Boston Public Schools).



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Gillespie, Marcia Ann
African American women
Affirmative action programs
Essence (Publication)
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Beres, Marc (Assistant Cameraman)
Carey, Nancy (Other)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Theme Music)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Lane, Frank (Lighting Assistant)
Harrison, Rich (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
McKenna, Jim (Stage Manager)
Morales, Carmen (Production Secretary)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Hour with Marcia Ann Gillespie, An,” 11/28/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Hour with Marcia Ann Gillespie, An.” 11/28/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Hour with Marcia Ann Gillespie, An. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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