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Say Brother
Say Brother News #2
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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, in a news-broadcast format, reviews the events of April, 1975 with anchors James Rowe and Carmen Fields, news reporter "at large" Leah Fletcher, in-studio interviewer Russell Tillman, arts reviewer Tanya Hart, special reporter June Cross, and commentator Dighton Spooner. Program features a special reports on State Senator Bill Owens's press conference in April (in which he discussed capital punishment legislation pending in the Senate), the "American Woman" festival held at Jordan Marsh department store in Boston, decisions made by Housing Court Judge Paul Garrity (on renovating the housing projects under the Boston Housing Authority), Julian Bond's recent traveling of the political circuit in Massachusetts to "drum up" support for a presidential campaign, the Alliance for Economic Justice's meeting to protest the governor's cutback in welfare benefits, an interview with Winston Kendall of the Roxbury Defenders (about the upcoming conference organized by the National Conference on Black Lawyers called "Resist to Exist"), the picketing of the president's office at Boston University by students (over the current dean and his poor management of the Black Talent Program), the United States Bicentennial events on Patriots' Day at John Elliot Square, and an interview with jazz musician Ronnie Gill.



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Broadcast program

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African American lawyers
Jazz musicians
Civil rights
Gill, Ronnie
Kendall, Winston
African American politicians
African Americans in television broadcasting--Massachusetts--Boston
Roxbury Defenders
Owens, Bill
School management and organization
Bond, Julian, 1940-
American Woman Festival (1975 : Boston, Mass.)
African American college students--Political activity
Television broadcasting of news
African American musicians
Press conferences
Burke, Yvonne
Capital punishment
National Conference on Black Lawyers (1975)
Housing rehabilitation
African Americans--Education
Alliance for Economic Justice (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Tillman, Russell (Reporter)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Rowe, James (Host)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Lawson, Rick (Researcher)
Shipley, Jack (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Reporter)
Fields, Carmen (Host)
Loerzel, David (Cameraman)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Say Brother News #2,” 05/02/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Say Brother News #2.” 05/02/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
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