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Say Brother; National Black Political Convention

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Say Brother
National Black Political Convention
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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 examines the National Black Political Convention and the evolution of a third party based on the political interests of African Americans. Host Marita Rivero speaks separately with Luix Overbea, writer for the Christian Science Monitor, and Mtangulizi Sanyika, the Political Director of the National Black Political Assembly, to discuss the recent NBPC convention in Cincinnati, whether there was a strong local representation from communities across the country, whether the conventions are moving towards a stronger African American party, whether the party's platform still has a strong nationalist feel; whether the two-party system works, whether the National Black Political Assembly has the potential of serving as a national forum, whether the agenda of the Assembly is a good one, and whether the events of Charlotte, N.C., in which African American elected officials stated interest in continuing to work within the two-party system. Program includes still photography of convention events and politicians and the "Community Calendar."



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African American journalists
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
African Americans--Politics and government
Political parties
National Black Political Convention (1976 : Cincinnati, Ohio)
African American politicians
Civil rights
National Black Political Assembly (U.S.)
Sanyika, Mtangulizi
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
White, Don (Audio)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
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