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Say Brother; Football

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Say Brother
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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 is divided into two halves: the first consisting of a group interview with five African American football players from the New England Patriots, the second of newsmagazine-style segments. Guest host Tom "Satch" Sanders talks with Ron Boulting, Mac Herron, Reggie Rucker, Sam Cunningham, and Leon Gray about their education, the violence of the game, preparing for a career after football, and the need for young players to recognize the value of an education (given the odds against playing professionally). Additional segments include "Community Access" (on home improvement loans, lead poisoning, and requesting a housing inspection),"Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1970 interview with actor Raymond St. Jacques on Hollywood’s prescribed roles for African American actors), the "Community Calendar" (with community and cultural events listings), and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero on the need for African Americans to vote.



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Rucker, Reggie
Sanders, Tom
Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Center (Boston, Mass.)
New England Patriots (Football team)
Boulting, Ron
Cunningham, Sam
African American actors
Herron, Mac
African American football players--Massachusetts
St. Jaques, Raymond
Gray, Leon
Community health services--Massachusetts--Boston
African American athletes
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Sanders, Tom (Host)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Football,” 10/10/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Football.” 10/10/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Football. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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