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Say Brother; Community Fellows

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Say Brother
Community Fellows
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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 focuses on the origin and work of the Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Host Topper Carew interviews Frank Jones (Program Director of Community Fellows Program), Mel King (State Representative and Assistant Director of the Community Fellows Program), and fellows Pat Raynor (an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer), Chuck Turner (Director of the Circle Association), Johnny Tillman (Executive Director of the National Welfare Rights Organization), and Frieda Garcia (Community Fellow) about their projects, the influence of the program, and their feelings about being a fellow. Includes footage of a portion of one the Program’s "seminar" meetings (in which Fredda Garcia presents her work on Puerto Rican and Dominican populations) and footage of Topper Carew talking about his involvement with the Community Fellows (Carew was a fellow prior to becoming producer of Say Brother). The Community Fellows Program provides a stipend, tuition, and research funds for a diverse population of individuals from the community so that they can partner with an academic institution to effect change. The program was founded by Mel King, who served as its Director until 1996.

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Broadcast program

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African American women
Carew, Topper, 1943-
King, Mel
Jones, Frank
Civil rights
Tillman, Johnny
Community Fellows Program
Raynor, Patricia
Community development--Massachusetts--Boston
Turner, Chuck
Garcia, Frieda
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Producer)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
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