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Say Brother
Press Conference
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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 consists of a press conference with newly elected State Senator Bill Owens to discuss Owen's plans for the Senate. Participating media representatives are: Luix Overbea (Christian Science Monitor), Al Williams (WILD Radio), Sarah-Ann Shaw (WBZ TV), Russell Tillman (WSBK-TV), Alan Raymond (WGBH-FM), Greg Pilkington (WGBH-TV), Bruce Cole (Harvard Crimson), and Maurice Lewis (Black News). Conference moderated by professor and historian A.B.Spellman. Aditional segments include "Access" with Hubie Jones, Chairman of the Children's Campaign (who discusses the misuse of psychotropic drugs in schoolchildren), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero on politics.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Press Conference,” 11/14/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 26, 2022,
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