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Say Brother; Mystic Chain

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Say Brother
Mystic Chain
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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 is composed of a variety of segments in magazine-style format. Segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), a poetry reading by Leah Fletcher (Langston Hughes' "American Heartbreak," "Impasse," and "A Dream Deferred," and Maya Angelou's "No Loser, No Weeper," "Letter to an Aspiring Junkie," and "They Went Home"), "Blast From the Past" with excerpts from 1968 Say Brother interviews with poet and playwright Amiri Baraka at Tufts University and comedian Bill Cosby, a musical performance by the four-person vocalist group Mystic Chain, "Information" on selecting a day care center, the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero on the difficulties musicians face.



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Broadcast program

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African American singers
African Americans in the performing arts
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Mystic Chain (Musical group)
Cosby, Bill, 1937-
African American comedians
African American poets
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
African American authors
African American musicians
Oral interpretation of poetry
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Williams, Ira (Music Coordinator)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Fletcher, Leah (Host)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Cooper, James (Commentary Editor)
Davis, Tony (Talent Coordinator)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Mystic Chain,” 10/23/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Mystic Chain.” 10/23/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Mystic Chain. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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