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Say Brother
Birth of a Museum, The
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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

Profile of the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists, a haven for local, national, and international artists of African descent. It is housed in the Oak Bend Mansion at 300 Walnut Avenue, a Roxbury landmark reclaimed from abandonment. Museum director Edmund Barry Gaither and curator Harriet Kennedy along with John Kinard, director of the Anacostia Branch of the Smithsonian Institution, discuss the significance of this cultural center.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Birth of a Museum, The,” 10/15/1980, GBH Archives, accessed February 25, 2021,
MLA: “Say Brother; Birth of a Museum, The.” 10/15/1980. GBH Archives. Web. February 25, 2021. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Birth of a Museum, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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