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Say Brother; Slave Trade

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Say Brother
Slave Trade
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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 two filmstrips related to the slave trade and the middle passage, the second of news-magazine style segments. In honor of Black History Month, Say Brother presents two filmstrips by the Afro Audio-Visual Company of Boston: The Atlantic Slave Trade Part I and Part II (Middle Passage). Filmstrips discuss the events and conditions that led to the slave trade between the Americas and Africa, including the ways in which slaves were captured, the response of African kingdoms faced with the increased demand for slaves, and the way in which slaves were imprisoned, traded, branded, and delivered to buyers. Filmstrips touch upon the colonization of Africa by European countries as trade elevated, the impact on the culture and development of Africa due to the slave trade, and literature published to justify the slave trade that resulted in prejudice after slavery ended. Additional segments include: "Community Access" (about the Jamaica Plain-Roxbury Food Co-op); "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a Sarah Ann Shaw interview with); and "Community Calendar" (with community and cultural events listings).



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Broadcast program

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Slave trade
McCoy, Rhody
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
African Americans--Education
Grocery trade
Afro Audiovisual Company (Boston, Mass.)
Jamaica Plain-Roxbury Food Co-op (Boston, Mass.)
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Slave Trade,” 02/12/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Slave Trade.” 02/12/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Slave Trade. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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