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Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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Say Brother
There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
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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 explores three schools identified by the comunity as viable alternative choices to Boston's public schools: Roxbury Community School, St. Joseph's Community School (supported by the Archdiocese of Boston), and Paige Academy (a private school operating via tuition). Program features on-location, documentary-style interviews with Dr. Philip Hart (professor at the University of Massachusetts and former director of the Federation for Boston Community Schools, the parent organization for Roxbury Community School), Cecilia Ware (a veteran teacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce Snowden (Educational Coordinator for Roxbury Community School), Michele Marrow (K-1 tyeacher at Roxbury Community School), Joyce King (Acting Principal for St. Joseph's Community School), Idella Hill (fourth grade teacher, St. Joseph's Community School), Angela Paige Cook (Director of Paige Academy), Kim Archung, Fauzia Ahmed, and Lauen Lee (teachers with Paige Academy), and Joe Cook, Jr. (Administrative Producer, Paige Academy), on why alternative schools are needed, how parent involvement factors into alternative schooling, how alternative schools operate, and what classroom enrichment they provide. Includes footage from a 1975 interview with Sister Sylvia Thibodeau, St. Joseph's first principal, in which she talks about the philosophy of the school.

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Cook, Angela Paige
Civil rights
King, Joyce
St. Joseph's Community School (Boston, Mass.)
Community schools
African American children
Roxbury Community School (Roxbury, Mass.)
African American students
Snowden, Joyce
Public schools
Paige Academy (Roxbury, Mass.)
Thibodeau, Sylvia
Hart, Dr. Philip
Cook, Joe, Jr.
Alternative education
Black Ghetto Theatre Company (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Devitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Bill (Video)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Brennan, Susan (Post Production Audio)
Johnson, Nat (Post Production Audio)
Producer's Group, Inc. (Producer Segment)
Coleman, Vern (Post Production Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Melendez, Celenia (Intern)
White, Don (Video)
Macie, Roger (Video)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Morales, Carmen (Production Secretary)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Chicago: “Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” 11/15/1979, GBH Archives, accessed May 27, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” 11/15/1979. GBH Archives. Web. May 27, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; There Is Always Another Way: A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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