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Say Brother; Building a Great Blue Hill


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Say Brother
Building a Great Blue Hill
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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

This documentary examines the plans and implementation of the Blue Hill Avenue redevelopment project. The plan, endorsed as a campaign plank by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, was offered as a long-term solution to the city's neglected inner city neighborhoods. Say Brother looks at questions surrounding the different phases of the project, including what plans have been put in place to insure job retention; community involvement in planning and construction; and protections against residential displacement.

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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Building a Great Blue Hill,” 10/05/1995, GBH Archives, accessed November 30, 2023,
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