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Say Brother
Look at Eritrea, A
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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 focuses on the struggle between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a struggle that started in 1961, when Ethiopia officially annexed Eritrea and made it a colony. Host Melvin Moore and guests Astier Woldeyohannes (of the Association of Eritrean Women of North America), Girmai Gebregziabher (of the Association of Eritrean Students of North America), and Arthur Koutsis (member of the Eritrean Support Committee) discuss the history of the struggle between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the function of the North American associations they represent, reactions to the argument that Black Africans should not be fighting other Black Africans, if the guerilla warfare is a struggle for independence or a struggle against oppression, what has been done to influence the United Nations (and the United States) not to aid Ethiopia, and is there any involvement of other African countries with the struggle. Additional segments include excerpts from a British film on the Eritrea People's Liberation Front produced by the BBC, the "Say Brother News" with reporters Karen Holmes, Milly Kiung, Margaret Tarter, and Tanya Hart, and the "Community Calendar." Holmes's report features an interview with Minority Women's Employment Program (MWEP Boston) recruiter Consuelo Gonzales-Thornell; Tarter's report features an interview with Afrikan Heritage Institute (Roxbury) Program Director Fahamisha Shariat.



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Broadcast program

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Civil rights
Gonzales-Thornell, Consuelo
Eritrean Support Committee
Eritrea--History--Revolution, 1962-1993
Shariat, Fahamisha
Woldeyohannes, Astier
Hezbawi genbar harenat ╩żEretra
Association of Eritrean Women in North America
Gebregziabher, Girmai
Television broadcasting of news
Africa in motion pictures
Minority Women's Employment Program (Boston, Mass.)
Africa, Eastern--Politics and government--1960-
Boston Repertory Theatre
Association of Eritrean Students of North America
Pao, Phoebe
Koutsis, Arthur
Afrikan Heritage Institute (Roxbury, Mass.)
South Cove Community Health Center
African American women
African Americans in television broadcasting
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Himes, Eric (Director)
DeBarger, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
MacKnight, John (Lighting Director)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Krol, Bronislaw (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
McGonagle, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Kiung, Milly (Reporter)
Tarter, Margaret (Reporter)
Koppel, Tiit (Camera)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
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