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Say Brother; Affirmative Action or Discrimination

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Say Brother
Affirmative Action or Discrimination
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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 addresses the isue of affirmative action in Asian and African American communities through an interview and open forum discussion., Host Stephen Curwood and guests Peter Chan (manager of Boston's Chintatown Little City HAll) discusses the recent court mandate in Boston defining African Americans and Hispanics as minorities and Asian Americans as Caucasian, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Melvin Moore. Panel debates the question, "Is affirmative action a policy of reverse discrimination?" with James Kelly (spokesperson for the South Boston Information Center) and Shelia Martin (community advocate for the MAssachusetts Social and Economic Opportunity Council. Also present for the panel are journalists John Robinson (the Boston Globe) and William Hoar (the American Opinion Magazine). Additional segments include and interview with African artists Godwin Okoro conducted by Eduardo Diz, the "Say Brother News," and the "Community Calendar."



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Broadcast program

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Moore, Melvin
Boston (Mass.). Fire Dept.
African Americans in television broadcasting
Civil rights
Okoro, Godwin
Robinson, John
Chan, Peter
Reverse discrimination in employment
Martin, Shelia
Kelly, James
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
Affirmative action programs
Hoar, William
Ogletree, Charles
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
DeBarger, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Diaz, Eduardo (Host)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
McGonagle, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Sampedro, Eric (Host)
Joe White, Sunny (Reporter)
Yang Tsung-hwa (Senior Researcher)
Buccheri, Ron (Assistant Cameraman)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Shipley, Jack (Assistant Cameraman)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Rivero, Jorge (Production Assistant)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Chigas, Basil (Lighting Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Tarter, Margaret (Reporter)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
White, Don (Video)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Curwood, Steve (Host)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Affirmative Action or Discrimination,” 08/05/1997, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Affirmative Action or Discrimination.” 08/05/1997. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Affirmative Action or Discrimination. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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