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Say Brother; Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.; John Bryant criticizes the Boston School Committee

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In this clip, a commemorative church service held in honor of Martin Luther King. Jr. is addressed Reverend John Bryant , who uses the occasion to criticize the Boston School Committee for what he sees as a lack of commitment to the education of African American children. Overall, the program is a tribute program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Program begins with newsreel footage of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, followed by a commemorative church service held in Boston that spans the remainder of the program. Service includes a sonnet written in memory of King and sermons from a variety of participants (Rev. Floyd Flake, Rev. William Weeks, Boston Southern Christian Leadership Conference head Dr. Virgil Wood, Bishop St. Clair Curtin, Rev. Richard Owens, Rev. William B. McClain, Rev. Rafe Taylor, Rev. Prentiss Moore, Rev. Warren Tolliver, Rev. Michael Haynes, and Rev. John Bryant) on the Kwanzaa (African) themes of unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith as interpreted through Christian scripture. Service concludes with a candle lighting ceremony facilitated by Elma Lewis, in which local community leaders read as candles are lit (Elma Lewis, Pat Bonner Lyons, Chuck Turner, Percy Wilson, Luix Overbea, George Morrison, Melnea Cass, and Rep. Bill Owens). Program includes numerous choir performances. Produced by Topper Carew. Directed by Conrad White.

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Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
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John Bryant criticizes the Boston School Committee

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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

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Owens, Rev. Richard
Curtin, Bishop St. Clair
Religious gatherings
School management and organization
Haynes, Rev. Michael
Flake, Floyd
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
Bryant, Rev. John
Wood, Dr. Virgil
Turner, Chuck
Lewis, Elma
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
African Americans--Civil rights
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
McClain, Reverend William B. Moore, Rev. Prentiss
Civil rights
Tolliver, Rev. Warren
Owens, Bill
Race relations
School boards
Wilson, Percy
Lyons, Pat Bonner
Weeks, Rev. William
Morrison, George
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Carew, Topper (Producer)
McSorley, Tom (Recordist)
Wilson, Bob (Cameraman)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Lane, Frank (Cameraman)
Kane, Pat (Recordist)
Thomas, Andy (Video)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
MacDonald, Greg (Cameraman)
LeCain, Larry (Cameraman)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio)
Lorencic, Karl (Unit Manager)
Davis, Scott (Stage Manager)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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