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Say Brother
Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., A
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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

Program is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and begins with footage from his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The remainder of the program is a commemorative church service in honor of King. The service includes a sonnet written in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and sermons from a variety of participants on the themes of unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, faith and education in Boston.



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Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
Civil rights movement
Religious gatherings
Lyons, Pat Bonner
Curtin, Bishop St. Clair
Tolliver, Rev. Warren
Wood, Dr. Virgil
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Owens, Bill
African Americans--Civil rights
Haynes, Rev. Michael
Weeks, Rev. William
Moore, Rev. Prentiss
Race relations
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
Turner, Chuck
Bryant, Rev. John
Morrison, George
Civil rights
School management and organization
Owens, Rev. Richard
Lewis, Elma
McClain, Reverend William B.
Flake, Floyd
Wilson, Percy
Television in community development
School boards
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Producer)
McSorley, Tom (Recordist)
Kane, Pat (Recordist)
Lane, Frank (Cameraman)
Davis, Scott (Stage Manager)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Thomas, Andy (Video)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
MacDonald, Greg (Cameraman)
LeCain, Larry (Cameraman)
Wilson, Bob (Cameraman)
Lorencic, Karl (Unit Manager)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., A,” 01/17/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., A.” 01/17/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., A. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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