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Say Brother
Best of 1976 - 1977
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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 serves as a retrospective of programs from the 1976-1977 broadcast season, and includes excerpts from Program 714, "Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?" (featuring an interview with Elma Lewis of the National Center of Afro-American Artists), Program 710, "What is Concilio?" (featuring an interview with Nick Arana, Executive Director of the drug rehabilitation center Concilio Human Services), Program 713, "Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics" (featuring an interview with Russell Peters of the Mashpee Tribal Council), Program 707, "Say Brother Pays Tribute to Webster Lewis with a 'Night on the Town'" (featuring an excerpt from his concert at the New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall), Program 708, "Dismissing Some Myths about Chinese Americans" (featuring an interview with May Ling Tong, Director of the Chinese American Civic Association), and Program 720, "Walter Leonard," (featuring an interview with Walter Leonard, Special Assistant to the President and Affirmative Action Officer at Harvard University).

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National Center of Afro-American Artists - Roxbury - Massachusetts
Peters, Russell
African American college administrators
Leonard, Walter
African American conductors (Music)
Indigenous peoples
Tong, May Ling
Drug abuse--Treatment
Human services--United States
African American women
Lewis, Webster
Lewis, Elma
Indians of North America--Land tenure
Chinese Americans--Massachusetts--Boston
Civil rights
African American orchestral musicians
Arana, Nick
Concilio Human Services
African American musicians
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
DeBarger, David (Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Tomaselli, Robert (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Edit Programmer)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Correia, Dennis (Video)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Johnson, Bill (Audio)
Weisbrod, Neil (Assistant Director)
MacKnight, John (Lighting)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Atwood, David (Director Program Segment)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
White, Conrad (Associate Director)
McGonagle, Richard (Lighting Assistant)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Cohen, Jerome (Music Assistant)
Floyd, Mike (Switcher)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Assembly)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Chigas, Basil (Switcher)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
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