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Say Brother
Answer from the State House, An
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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 focuses on the Boston political arena. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with State Senator Bill Owens about his winning his second election, his reelection campaign, the potential conflict between minority men and white women competing for the same jobs, his Senate committee to research hiring practices, and proposals he has put forth related to Boston's South End. Additional segments include "man on the street" interviews conducted on the day of the primary election (in which Say Brother asked people who they preferred - Owens or his opponent Royal Bolling - and what issues the winner should focus on), an excerpt from Jesse Jackson's November press conference in Boston, and the "Community Calendar."

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Owens, Bill
African Americans--Attitudes
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Massachusetts. General Court. Senate
Press conferences
African American politicians
Civil rights
Local elections
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Editor)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Portilla, Alfred (Assistant Cameraman)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Floyd, Mike (Assistant Cameraman)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Ruiz, Mildred (Researcher)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Chigas, Basil (Lighting Assistant)
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