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Say Brother
Poetry and Arts
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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

Rebroadcast as Basic Black program 2905, 12/24/1998 See Basic Black program record for additional assets

Program focuses on poetry not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for engendering social change and new attitudes towards the arts. Composed of a number of segments, Poetry and Arts includes a reading of a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem by Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to a group of young children, an excerpt from an interview with poet Nikki Giovanni, a tutorial on getting published, an editorial on the "state of the arts" by House Representative Louis Stokes (Ohio), and a listing of new volumes of poetry of interest to the African American community.



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Broadcast program

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Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
African American women
African American politicians
Giovanni, Yolande Cornelia ("Nikki")
African American poets
Civil rights
Stokes, Louis
Lewis, Elma
Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906
Oral interpretation of poetry
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
Poetry--Women authors
Poetry and children
African American children
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Marbury, Don (Spot/Segment Producer (Non WGBH))
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Crippens, David (Host)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Wing, Carla B. (Community Coordinator)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Nicholas, Sallie M. (Production Assistant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
MacIntosh, Clarence (Spot/Segment Producer (Non WGBH))
Haydock, Rodger (Assistant Cameraman)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Poetry and Arts,” 10/22/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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