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Say Brother
Bilingual Education
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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 bilingual education in Boston. Host Melvin Moore speaks with Raffael De Gruttala (Director of Bilingual Education in Boston), Stephanie Fan (Teacher in Charge at the Bilingual Education Department), David Cortiella (of El Comite De Padres), and Ray Almeida (community advocate for bilingual and multicultural education and proponent of Cape Verdian education in Massachusetts) about the nature of transitional bilingual education, what a bilingual education consists of, which children have a right to be served by the city, the different responsibilities of the Boston School Committee and the Bilingual Education Department, claims that bilingual education is a threat to desegregation, the extent to which problems related to bilingual education have been addressed in the community, and the response of the Bilingual Department and the School Committee to community pressure and parental involvement.

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Broadcast program

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Civil rights
De Gruttala, Raffael
Bilingual Education Department (Boston, Mass.)
Cortiella, David
Almeida, Ray
El Comite De Padres (Boston, Mass.)
Fan, Stephanie
Public schools--Massachusetts--Boston
Education, Bilingual
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Johnson, Bill (Audio)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Bilingual Education,” 05/19/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Bilingual Education.” 05/19/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Bilingual Education. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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