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Say Brother; Can the Sun Be Your Enemy

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Say Brother
Can the Sun Be Your Enemy
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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 number of magazine-style segments, including a Stephen Curwood interview with Dr. Patricia Frazier (of Robert B. Brigham Hospital) and Henrietta Aladjem (author of the book, The Sun Is My Enemy) on the disease lupus, two studio performances by Stanton Davis and the Ghetto Mysticism Band (who perform "Funkified Tofu" and "Crescent Gypsies"), an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on whether or not Massachusetts should fund Medicaid abortions (with debaters Dr. Mildred Jefferson, President of the both the Massachusetts and the National Right to Life committees, and Niki Nichols Gamble, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and panel reporters James Drummey, news editor of Review of The News magazine and Susan Sprecher of WBCN Radio), the "Say Brother News" with Karen Holmes, Margaret Tarter, Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, and Tanya Hart, and the "Community Calendar." Tarter's report features an interview with Jack Hayes, editor of The Circle (a Boston paper for Native American residents); Fletcher's report features an interview with Dr. Alvin Pouissant, who discusses "Black on Black" violence and the reasons for it.

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Broadcast program

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Sprecher, Susan
Brown, Warren
Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-
Drummey, James
Ghetto Mysticism Band (Musical group)
Hayes, Jack
Homicide--Psychological aspects
African American psychologists
Circle, The (Newspaper)
Aladjem, Henrietta, 1917-
Sun Is My Enemy, The (Book)
Indians of North America--Newspapers
Pouissant, Dr. Alvin
Frazier, Dr. Patricia
Jefferson, Mildred
Television broadcasting of news
African Americans in television broadcasting
Abortion - Government policy
Gamble, Niki Nichols
Davis, Stanton
African American musicians
Race and Ethnicity
DeBarger, David (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Tarter, Margaret (Reporter)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Curwood, Stephen (Host)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Sampedro, Eric (Host)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Can the Sun Be Your Enemy,” 09/23/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Can the Sun Be Your Enemy.” 09/23/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Can the Sun Be Your Enemy. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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