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Say Brother
United Nations
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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 discusses the role of the United Nations, and in particular the changing status of western nations in light of the growing representation of Third World countries. Dr. Ephraim Isaac, Harvard Professor of African American studies, introduces the program and provides insight into the history of the United Nations, the purpose that it serves, the growing representation of African and other Third World countries in the organization, the shift in the United Nations’ power structure, and Africa’s use of the United Nations as a forum to end colonialism. In addition, the program includes excerpts from educational films from the United Nations’ film library and television unit, excerpts from a non-Say Brother interview session with Nigerian Ambassador Leslie Harriman and French Ambassador Louis Guiriangaud (in which the Third World as a voting entity is discussed), and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Associate Producer Vickie Jones on whether or not growing Third World representation will affect the treatment of African Americans in the United States and events in Angola. Original air date estimated.



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Broadcast program

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League of Nations
African Americans--Attitudes
Guiriangaud, Louis
Harriman, Leslie
Isaac, Ephraim
United Nations
United Nations--Membership
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Ephraim Isaac, Dr. (Host)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; United Nations,” 02/12/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; United Nations.” 02/12/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; United Nations. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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