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Say Brother; When Trouble Knocks



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Say Brother
When Trouble Knocks
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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

Host Barbara Barrow-Murray interviews attorney June Gonsalves, expert in juvenile justice and activist for minority rights. Discussion focuses on what parents should do if their children get in trouble with the law, with emphasis on the following points: how to handle first contact with police, knowing when you need a lawyer, parents' and children's rights, understanding bail, an overview of the court system.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; When Trouble Knocks,” 05/20/1982, GBH Archives, accessed February 24, 2024,
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