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Say Brother; Walpole: An Examination of Why

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Say Brother
Walpole: An Examination of Why
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

Half-hour program consisting of interview highlights from program 1005, "Walpole: Every Which Way But Loose." In "Walpole: Every Which Way But Loose," Say Brother production staff, under the direction of Barbara Barrow-Murray, offered an inside look at the policies, procedures, and inmates of the Walpole State Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Massachusetts. Interviews with Walpole's inmates and staff focused on the physical abuse of inmates, the discriminatory application of the internal classification system, the virtual absence of minority staff, and the punitive rather than rehabilitative position of the prison. Program was re-aired 2/12/1981.

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Broadcast program

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Discrimination in criminal justice administration
African American prisoners
Civil rights
Correctional institutions--Massachusetts
Prison administration
Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Walpole
Race and Ethnicity
Sam Farrell (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Melendez, Calenia (Intern)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Koppel, Tilt (Switcher)
White, Don (Video)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Walpole: An Examination of Why,” 11/01/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Walpole: An Examination of Why.” 11/01/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Walpole: An Examination of Why. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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