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Say Brother; SB050

Aircheck of Say Brother: Show # 50; 7.5 ips DVD-R containing WAV audio file from original 1/4 audiotape Approximate date: 1970

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Say Brother
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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

Host Jim Spruill introduces program comprised of three segments. In the first segment Say Brother reporter Russ Tillman reports on the building of a new public library near Dudley Station in Roxbury, MA. The area, referred to by Jim Spruill, as "the crossroads of the black community" is discussed by Russ Tillman, Beverly Gray, of the African Studies Library at Boston University, and Byron Rushing, from the Joint Center for Intercity Change. Topics discussed include local politics, urban renewal, and the educational responsibility the Boston Library system has to the local community.

In the second segment, outgoing State Representative Rev. Michael Haynes reflects on his time working in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In the final segment, Say Brother interviews George Johnson, candidate for State Representative, 7th District, representing the Greater Roxbury area.

(date on tape case states program is from 2/5/1970, but program appears to have been aired prior to the special election on 1/13/1970).



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Richardson, Ray (Producer)
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