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Say Brother National Edition; Nation of Islam: A Portrait

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Say Brother National Edition
Nation of Islam: A Portrait
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Series Description

In 1975 the purpose of Say Brother National Edition was to introduce and demonstrate to people the vitality of Black Americans and their community life. Under producer Marita Rivero and executive producer Topper Carew a series of 13 half-hour programs for the national audience was produced from existing programs.

In weekly half-hours, Say Brother National Edition presented the many dimensions of black American life as seen from one city’s vantage-point. It was in a magazine format, each segment representing a different perspective: music, history, dance, culture, drama, language, old folks, young people, families, issues, person-on-the street, and others. Series release date: 1975

Program Description

Program explores the beliefs and ideals of African American Muslims who are members of the Nation of Islam, through three principal segments: footage from the 1975 Savior’s Day Celebration in Chicago (including excerpts from a speeches and interviews given by Supreme Minister Wallace D. Muhammad and National Secretary Abass Rasoul), a "Conversation" between Vickie Jones and a female member of the Nation of Islam about restrictions placed upon women by the Nation, and an excerpt from an interview with poet and Nation member Sonia 5X Sanchez. Additional segments include "Information" on Arab/African relations, a "Spotlight" on the African art of Momodou Ceesay, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Commentary" by professor and historian A.B. Spellman, and segment interludes with Reggie Torrian (of the musical groupThe Impressions), Louis Wilson (of the musical group Mandrill), and Pi Douglas (cast member of The Wiz). NOTE: Rebroadcast in 1988 as part of the discussion program: Islam: The Urban Nation.

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African Americans--Religion
African Americans--Attitudes
Douglas, Pi
Black Muslims
Muhammad, Wallace D. Rasoul, Abass
Mandrill, Louis
Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
Torrian, Reggie
Civil rights
African American Muslims
African American politicians
Islam--United States
Poetry--Women authors
Sanchez, Sonia
African American painters
Savoir's Day Celebration - 1975
African American women
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Executive Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Carew, Topper (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Izzi, Steve (Sound Mixer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Jackson, Bill (Sound)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Crippens, David (Host)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Nixon, Beverly (Assistant Editor)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Chicago: “Say Brother National Edition; Nation of Islam: A Portrait,” 11/05/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother National Edition; Nation of Islam: A Portrait.” 11/05/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother National Edition; Nation of Islam: A Portrait. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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