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Say Brother; Say Sister: A Tribute to Third World Women

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Say Brother
Say Sister: A Tribute to Third World Women
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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 consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including a Barbara Barrow interview with Marge Schiller and Ruth Benjamin (both of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women) on the commission's work as it relates to Third World women, two studio performances from the "The Black Nativity" by vocalists from the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, an abbreviated "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on whether or not Third World women should participate in the women's movement (with debaters Brenda Verner (a media analyst) and Michele Wallace (a lecturer at New York University) and panelists Leah Fletcher (reporter for the Boston Herald American) and freelance writer Jan Gadson), a Barbara Barrow interview with Elma Lewis, Director of Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts; the "Say Brother News" with Karen Holmes, Margaret Tarter, Leah Fletcher, Sonny Joe White, Eric Sampedro, and Milly Kiung, and the "Community Calendar." Fletcher's report features an interview with sociologist Joyce Ladner, who recently spoke at Boston University about the Black family; Tarter's report features an interview with Margaret Ashurst, Director of Community Affairs, OXFAM America's Boston (OXFAM is a famine relief organization).



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Broadcast program

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Black Nativity (Theatrical production)
Civil rights
Ashurst, Margaret
Television broadcasting of news
African American singers
Oxfam America
Verner, Brenda
Equal rights amendments--Massachusetts
Lewis, Elma
Schiller, Marge
Wallace, Michele
Benjamin, Ruth
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Christmas plays--American
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
African American journalists
African Americans in television broadcasting
African American women
African American sociologists
Women's rights
Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Himes, Eric (Director)
Calvin A. Lindsay , Jr. (Producer)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Coleman, Vernon (Audio)
Tarter, Margaret (Reporter)
Wilson, Bob (Stage Manager)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Joe White, Sunny (Reporter)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Tomaselli, Robert (Camera)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
McGonagle, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
MacKnight, John (Lighting Assistant)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Waters, Mitch (Lighting Assistant)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Say Sister: A Tribute to Third World Women,” 11/18/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Say Sister: A Tribute to Third World Women.” 11/18/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Say Sister: A Tribute to Third World Women. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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