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Say Brother
Islands, The
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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

First program of two focusing on the political, cultural, educational, religious, and economic aspects of the Caribbean Islands. Hosts Barbara Barrow and Dighton Spooner speak with Dr. Tony Martin (author of Race First, from Greenwood Press), Joseph Peltier (member of a movement for a new Dominica), Franz Minuty (a lecturer on Haitian culture), and Kenneth A. Loftman (a former educator in the West Indies and businessman in Boston), about political happenings in Dominica, the impact of the tourist industry on the islands, if interregional trade is improving, the natural resources of the area, how change in the Caribbean change will affect its people and resources, Desmond Trotter (a Black political prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment in Dominica), and education in the West Indies. Program includes a short narrated segment on "Carnival" in Trinidad.

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Broadcast program

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Civil rights
Minuty, Franz
Peltier, Joseph
West Indies--Description and travel
Trotter, Desmond
Loftman, Kenneth A.
Martin, Dr. Tony
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
White, Don (Video)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Watson, Ed (Theme Music)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Charette, Bill (Assistant Cameraman)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Floyd, Mike (Switcher)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
John, Whitmore (Still Photography)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Crane, David (Videotape Editor)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Islands, The,” 07/16/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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