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Say Brother; Poetry in Motion

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Say Brother
Poetry in Motion
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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 Black performers in the arts and the sources of their inspiration. "Poetry in Motion" consists of in-studio performances and interviews with the Dance Company of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (in residency in Boston), Boston-based poets Sam Stamper, Larry Roland and Alta Starr, and painter Hermone Futrell. Dances performed are the "Dooga," about East and West Indian men and women ("Dooga" is a term for people of both African and, usually, East Indian parentage) and "Come Go With Me to My Father's House," performed to a spiritual by the same name. Host Topper Carew talks with each artist between performance segments to provide insight into their work. Original airdate estimated.



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Broadcast program

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African American dance
African Americans in the performing arts
Oral interpretation of poetry
National Center of Afro-American Artists. Dancy Company
African Americans
Stamper, Sam
Poetry--Women authors
African American painters
African American artists--Massachusetts--Boston
Futrell, Hermone
Roland, Larry
Starr, Alta
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Assistant Director)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Poetry in Motion,” 12/19/1973, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Poetry in Motion.” 12/19/1973. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Poetry in Motion. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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