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Say Brother; Evening with Melvin van Peebles and Dick Gregory

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Dubbed from A2-01329. Original date 5/22/74.

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Say Brother
Evening with Melvin van Peebles and Dick Gregory
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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 consists of two interviews: one with filmmaker, playwright, and musician Melvin Van Peebles, the second with comedian, nutritionist, civil rights activist, and author Dick Gregory, at Boston University. Program includes excerpts from Van Peebles's appearance at "Estelle's" nightclub in Boston, where he performed his songs "There," "Birth Certificate," and "Eyes of a Rabbit."



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Broadcast program

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African American comedians
African American musicians
Van Peebles, Melvin, 1932-
African American motion picture producers and directors
Gregory, Dick
African Americans--Attitudes
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Audio)
Johnson, Henry (Cameraman)
Blau, Ron (Cameraman)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Evening with Melvin van Peebles and Dick Gregory,” 07/28/1997, GBH Archives, accessed June 14, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Evening with Melvin van Peebles and Dick Gregory.” 07/28/1997. GBH Archives. Web. June 14, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Evening with Melvin van Peebles and Dick Gregory. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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