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Say Brother; Attica

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Say Brother
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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 rebellion that took place at Attica State Prison, New York, September 13, 1971. Using original footage of the rebellion (prisoners, hostages, McKay Commission excerpts, police preparing to enter the prison, etc.), an "Information" segment with material on the National Prisoners' Rights Association and the National Coalition to Help Prisoners, and commentary by Askia Muhammad, Say Brother seeks to point out the flaws of the penal system and offer ways it could be improved. Additional segments include "Bookbeat," an interview with African American television producer Tony Brown on changing Black programming, a poetry reading/performance by Sam Stamper, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, and a segment interlude with Ric Mandrill (of the musical group Mandrill).



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Broadcast program

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Attica Correctional Facility
Stamper, Sam
Mandrill, Ric
Oral interpretation of poetry
Brown, Tony
National Coalition to Help Prisoners
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Muhammad, Askia
African American poets
Civil rights
African Americans in television broadcasting
African American prisoners
Poetry--Women authors
African Americans--Attitudes
Prison riots
National Prisoners' Rights Association
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Topper Carew (Executive Producer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Crippens, David (Host)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Sound)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Attica,” 10/02/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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