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Say Brother
Public Housing
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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 examines the problems related to public housing in Boston, Massachusetts. Host Melvin Moore speaks with guests Myra McAdoo (Executive Director of the Tenants' Policy Council), Alan Root (Chairman of the Tenants' Policy Council), and David McDonough (Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority) to discuss the relationship between the Boston Housing Authority and the Tenants Policy Council, the needs of tenants from the viewpoint of different Boston organizations, the nature of the "consent decree," and what is necessary to improve conditions for tenants. Additional segments include the "Third World Connection" (on intermarriages between Native Americans and Africans in Massachusetts in the 1800s), an interview with Native American author Ron Skenandore (whose discusses his book The Earth is a Perfect Mother), an interview with pianist Reginald Hubbard (who discusses his Hubbard Concert Series), and an in-studio performance by Hubbard.



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Broadcast program

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African Americans--Relations with Indians
Skenandore, Ron
McDonough, David
Tenants' Policy Council (Boston, Mass.)
Public housing--Massachusetts
Civil rights
Hubbard, Reginald
Indian philosophy--North America
African American musicians
Boston Housing Authority
McAdoo, Myra
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
LeCain, Larry (Assistant Cameraman)
Koppel, Tiit (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
DeBarger, David (Director)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
MacKnight, John (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Waters, Mitch (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Himes, Eric (Director)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
McGonagle, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Public Housing,” 02/16/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Public Housing.” 02/16/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Public Housing. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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