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Say Brother
Afro-Studies: Why So Many Barriers?
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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 examines the history, growth, and current status of African American heritage programs at three major Boston-area academic institutions (Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Boston University) with the objective of illustrating the perpetual obstacles Afro-studies programs face. Interviewer George Rivera speaks with Dr. Gerald Durley (a historian), Verdaya Brown (librarian for the African American Institute at Northeastern University), Gregory Ricks (Dean and Special Assistant to the President at Northeastern University), Clifford Janey (of Northeastern's class of 1969), Dr. Virgil Wood (Director of the African American Institute at Northeastern), Dr. Holly Carter (Chairman of the African American Studies Department at Northeastern), Dr. Adelaide C. Gulliver (Department Chairman for Boston University's Afro Studies Program), Professor William Worthy (Director of the dual-degree program in Afro-studies and journalism of Boston University), Dr. Martin Kilson (School of Government at Harvard University), and Dr. Badi Foster (former Afro-studies faculty at Harvard and current lecturer with Harvard's School of Education) about their programs and where they are going. Additional segments include footage of the 1979 Afro Day Rally at Harvard, an excerpt from Dr. Ewart Guinier's (former Chairman of the Afro-Studies Department at Harvard) speech at the rally, and excerpt from a performance by the Harvard Yard Kuumba Singers. (Some footage courtesy WGBH-TV's 10 O'Clock News).

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Brown, Verdaya
Cromwell, Adelaide M.
Curriculum planning
10 O'Clock News (Television program)
Afro Day Rally - Cambridge - Massachusetts (1979)
Carter, Dr. Holly
Janey, Clifford
Durley, Dr. Gerald
Worthy, William, 1921-
Wood, Dr. Virgil
Kilson, Martin
African Americans--Study and teaching
Guinier, Ewart
Kuumba Singers
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
Boston University
Universities and colleges
African American Institute (Boston, Mass.)
Foster, Badi G., 1942-
Harvard University
African American women college administrators
Ricks, Gregory
African American college administrators
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Rivera, George (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Izzi, Steve (Audio)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Beres, Marc (Intern)
Eong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Desmond, Darryl (Video)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Afro-Studies: Why So Many Barriers?,” 05/07/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Afro-Studies: Why So Many Barriers?.” 05/07/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Afro-Studies: Why So Many Barriers?. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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