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Say Brother; Music Special

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Say Brother
Music Special
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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 segments from in-studio performances by musicians King Arthur and the Monty Williams Express, as well as poetry readings by Roxbury, Massachusetts, "jazz poet" Robert Ruff. (Ruff reads his poems "Dirty Shoes," "Stigma," "Playing from the Music Malcolm Wrote," and "I Come to Play.") Program aims to recreate "the gaiety of outdoor music festivals" inside studio walls.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Oral interpretation of poetry
Monty Williams Express (Musical group)
Ruff, Robert
African American musicians
African American poets
Race and Ethnicity
Tillman, Russell (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
John Slade (Producer)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Jones, Vickie (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Music Special,” 07/18/1973, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Music Special.” 07/18/1973. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Music Special. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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