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Say Brother; Cost of a Facelift

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Say Brother
Cost of a Facelift
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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 focuses on the construction work underway in the South End of Boston necessary to replacing a combined sewage system. In documentary-style format, Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with Richard Garver (Deputy Director of Community Development for Boston's Redevelopment Authority), Joseph Thompson (a South End mechanic), Matt Currie (engineer and supervisor of the South End project), and people in the South End neighborhood, about the frustrations faced by residents as a result of the construction, the long-range plan for completing the renewal project, the extent of the project and its proposed benefits, the impact of construction on local business, and the initiation of surface revitalization. Program includes a rebroadcast of a portion of a musical performance by Solar Visions that originally aired 8/3/1979 (Program 927).

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Broadcast program

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Urban renewal
Garver, Richard
Currie, Matt
Boston Redevelopment Authority
City planning and the press
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Melendez, Celenia (Intern)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Pugliesi, Joe (Audio)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Cost of a Facelift,” 10/06/1979, GBH Archives, accessed June 18, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Cost of a Facelift.” 10/06/1979. GBH Archives. Web. June 18, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Cost of a Facelift. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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