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Say Brother
Hottest Seat in Town, The
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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

Say Brother offers a forum for Boston's six 1979 mayoral candidates to present their views on what faces the city and the remedies they would pursue if elected. Hosts Barbara Barrow-Murray and Lovell Dyett (Channel 7's Black News), with selected panel of reporters Art Cohen (WGBH's 10 O'Clock News), Gloria Chun (of Asian Focus and editor of San Pan Newspaper), Maria de los Angeles Dowd (TV producer of ECO), and Margaret Neville (of the weekly publication Equal Time) pose questions to Lewis Castro (Socialist), David I. Finnegan (Democrat, President of Boston's School Committee), State Representative Mel King (Democrat), Laurence Sherman (Republican), State Senator Joseph F. Timilty (Democrat). Topics include easing racial tensions, reaching out to the gay and lesbian community, affirmative action, women's rights, housing, and Mayor Kevin White's administration. Incumbent Mayor Kevin White, originally scheduled to be on the program, arrived late and missed his slot.



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Neville, Margaret
Chun, Gloria
White, Kevin H.
Local elections--Massachusetts--Boston
African American politicians
Timilty, Joseph F.
Civil rights
Race relations--Massachusetts--Boston
Sherman, Laurence
King, Mel
Boston (Mass.)--Politics and government
Finnegan, David I.
Castro, Lewis
Political candidates
Dyett, Lovell
Cohen, Art
de los Angeles Dowd, Maria
Race and Ethnicity
Irwin, Jeanne (Associate Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Rosenthal, Iris (Camera)
Sheldon, Karen (Vidifont Operator)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Gray, Randolph (Assistant Stage Manager)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Dyett, Lovell (Host)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Plausse, John (Camera)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Hottest Seat in Town, The,” 09/21/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
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