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Say Brother; Health Care

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Say Brother
Health Care
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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 examines a number of health issues, with a focus on the needs of the black community. Program's intention is to inform the community about these issues and provide contact information for health-related resources. Host Topper Carew, narrating over still photography, introduces interview segments with "Say Brother" writer/researcher Dighton Spooner and: Dr. Houston Kelly (on hypertension and the diet of the black community); Dr. Louis Sullivan of the Boston Sickle Cell Center (on the physical and political implications of sickle cell anemia); Howard Hughes, Director of the Dimcock Community Health Center's alcoholism program (on recognizing and treating alcohol problems); Dr. Edward Hurwitz ( on foot care); and Dr. Ronald Weston (on dental care and early prevention). Carew, alone, narrates informational segments on lead paint poisoning, mental health, and drug abuse over still photography.

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Broadcast program

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Public health--Massachusetts--Boston
Minority Council on Alcoholism (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans--Health and hygiene
Hurwitz, Edward
Hughes, Howard (Director, Dimcock Community Health Center)
Boston Sickle Cell Center (Boston, Mass.)
Sullivan, Dr. Louis
Weston, Ronald
Kelly, Dr. Houston
Civil rights
Sickle cell anemia
Teeth--Care and hygiene
Dimock Community Health Center (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
Carew, Topper (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Nicholas, Huntley Jr. (Film Sound)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Health Care,” 06/13/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Health Care.” 06/13/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Health Care. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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