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Say Brother; SB020

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Say Brother
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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

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From the original production memo: "Three outstanding Black personalities talk to the Say Brother audience on this week's show.

An entertainer, a poet, a leader of his people, three Black men from three uniquely different backgrounds, but each with this in common: each is making a constantly revised statement about the Black man today...Bill Cosby, LeRoi Jones, Jesse Jackson.

Bill Cosby talks to Stewart Thomas about what it was like when he was young -- what kind of a person he was then and what kind of young people he looks for and at today; about his life as an entertainer; about his plans to teach in a regular classroom situation.

Sarah Ann Shaw interviews Rev. Jesse Jackson about his work with Operation Breadbasket in Chicago, and about his efforts with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in which he has assumed a major leadership since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.

And LeRoi Jones, the chief exponent of the Black cultural revolution, talks to Tufts students about his art and about being Black and Black youth today.

David Ruffin, an ordained Baptist minister, who started his music career with gospel groups such as the Dixie Nightingales and has performed with Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Moonglows, and the Temptations, sings 'Let It Rain' and a ten minute closing medley."



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Race and Ethnicity
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