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Say Brother; Oh My God, Mama King Is Dead

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Say Brother
Oh My God, Mama King Is Dead
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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

A Say Brother Special Presentation, Program 330 focuses on the death of Mrs. Alberta King, Sr. and what her death means to her family, the African American community, and the country. Host Gwen Dillard (Director of News and Public Affairs for television station WLVI) and guests Bernice Miller (Associate Director, Harvard Center on Urban Studies), Ruth Batson (Director of Consultation and Education, Boston University Community Mental Health Center), and Elma Lewis (Director, Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and the National Center for Afro-American Artists) discuss the reasons there could be for the murder, whether the murder was an act of conspiracy, the violence directed towards people making moral changes in the United States, how African Americans killing African Americans is a display of self-hatred, why the country has no courage to do something about guns, if young people still have practical uses for role models "of the past," the arts as a way to survive social and economic pressures, developing core values in children, how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message has impacted the white community, and winning the war over African American rights. Program contains footage courtesy of NBC News.



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Civil rights
African American women
King, Alberta Williams
Batson, Ruth
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Dillard, Gwen
Miller, Bernice
African American leadership
Lewis, Elma
African Americans--Attitudes
King, Alberta Williams--Assassination
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
Dillard, Gwen (Host)
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