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Say Brother
Say Brother 1st Anniversary Show
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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

Producer Ray Richardson celebrates the one-year anniversary of Say Brother by talking about the goals and objectives the Say Brother production staff and WGBH have developed. The program offers a rich array of segments: musical performances by George Clinton The Parliaments (performing: Into My Own Thing, What Is Soul, Testify, Friday Night Aug. the 14th, Mommy Whats a Funkadlelic); and Abdalah, a modern dance performance by Joanne Robinson, interviews with Ruby Dee and playwright/actress Alice Childress, commentary by Henry Hampton, and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Sarah-Ann Shaw. Richardson emphasizes that the African American community is still not fully represented: Say Brother staff represents 5 out of 200 WGBH staff members and 2 of 70 programming hours per week; Hampton emphasizes the limits of white sponsored programs, such as Julia (sponsored by CBS and General Foods) and similar programs that perpetuate myths about the African American community.

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Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Hampton, Henry, 1940-1998
Childress, Alice
Dee, Ruby
African American actresses
African Americans in television broadcasting
Say Brother - Anniversaries
African American dance
African American musicians
Parliaments, The (musical group)
African American women
Robinson, Joanne
Women in the performing arts
Civil rights
African American singers
Race and Ethnicity
Ray Richardson (Producer)
Lark, Tony (Associate Producer)
Lathan, Stan (Director)
Bright, Hazel V. (Associate Producer)
Lorencic, Karl (Video)
Morris, Harvey (Audio)
Lark, Tony (Cameraman)
Cabot, Ellen (Production Assistant)
Spruill, Jim (Host)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Francis, Dierdre (Production Assistant)
Thomas, Stewart (Host)
Shaw, Sarah-Ann (Host)
Lee, Richie (Assistant Cameraman)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Say Brother 1st Anniversary Show,” 07/10/1969, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Say Brother 1st Anniversary Show.” 07/10/1969. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Say Brother 1st Anniversary Show. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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