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Say Brother
Welfare Controversy, The
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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 Stephen Curwood's interview with Dr. Carolyn Shaw Bell (economics professor at Wellesley College) on her research into the welfare system, an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on the decriminalization of marijuana (with debaters Dr. John Renner (Medical Director for Boston City Hospital's Drug Treatment Unit) and Detective Walter Robinson (of the Boston Police Department's Drug Control Unit), and panel reporters Paul Corsetti (of the Boston Herald American), Alan McRobert (of the Real Paper), and Luix Overbea (of the Christian Science Monitor), two dance performances by Danny Sloan and Company, and the "Say Brother News" with Karen Holmes, Eric Sampedro, Phil Martin, Justina Chu, Leah Fletcher, and Tanya Hart.

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Broadcast program

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Marijuana--Law and Legislation
McRobert, Alan
Welfare recipients
African Americans in television broadcasting
Robinson, Walter
Civil rights
Bell, Carolyn Shaw
Madison Park High School (Roxbury, Mass.)
Corsetti, Paul
Television broadcasting of news
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
Renner, Dr. John
African American journalists
Hennessey, Tom
Salem State College
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Shah, Bruce (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Walden, Carolyn (Producer)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Greenstein, Marilyn (Titlist)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Chigas, Basil (Technical Production)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Hill, Rebecca (Make Up)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Smith, Lee (Technical Production)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Buccheri, Ron (Technical Production)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Curwood, Stephen (Host)
Martin, Phil (Reporter)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Yang Tsung-hwa (Researcher)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The,” 09/09/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The.” 09/09/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Welfare Controversy, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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