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Say Brother; Theatre and the Arts

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Dubbed from A2-00830. Original date 12/4/74.

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Say Brother
Theatre and the Arts
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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 features a discussion of the theater and the role of African Americans in the theater. Host Barbara Barrow and guests Fred Johnson (mime), Charles Turner (actor/director), and Susan Batson Ford (actor) discuss working in the theater, the pros and cons of theater work, the importance of the audience in theater, the verbal and nonverbal communication of actors, performance vs. the technical aspects of the theater, African American mime artists, and the politics of the theater. Additional segments include a performances by Fred Johnson, "Blast From the Past" (with a 1969 interview with actor Julian Mayfield), "Information" (with a description of homemaker services narrated by a member of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union), "Access" (with a description of the services of the the Charles Drew Family Life Center), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" with Producer Marita Rivero.



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Broadcast program

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Mayfield, Julian, 1928-
Glass, Arthur, Jr.
Batson Ford, Susan
African American arts
African Americans in the performing arts
Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.)
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Turner, Charles
African American theater
Charles Drew Family Life Center (Boston, Mass.)
Edwards, Allison
Fernandez, Peter
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Steven (Community Coordinator)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Theatre and the Arts,” 08/12/1997, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Theatre and the Arts.” 08/12/1997. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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