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Say Brother; Caring For Your Health

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Say Brother
Caring For Your Health
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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 Latino and Black community. Host Eduardo Diaz interviews Dr. Emilio Carrillo, cofounder of the Boricua Health Organization of Boston, to discuss problems related to healthcare delivery to Boston's Latino population. "Encore" segments include 1974 interviews conducted by former Say Brother writer/researcher Dighton Spooner with Dr. Houston Kelly (on hypertension and the diet of the African American community), Dr. Louis Sullivan of the Boston Sickle Cell Center (on the physical and political implications of sickle cell anemia), and Howard Hughes, Director of the Dimock Community Health Center’s alcoholism program (on recognizing and treating alcohol problems). Program includes a brief narrated segment (also from 1974) on lead paint poisoning and a short interview segment with African artist El Loco conducted by Barbara Barrow, in which Loco explains the symbolism of his work. Dr. Sullivan went on to become Secretary of Heath and Human Services under President Carter.

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Hughes, Howard (Director, Dimcock Community Health Center)
Carrillo, Dr. Emilio
Sullivan, Dr. Louis
Loco, El (artist)
Sickle cell anemia
Boricua Health Organization (Boston, Mass.)
Boston Sickle Cell Center (Boston, Mass.)
Kelly, Dr. Houston
Community health services
Hispanic Americans--Health and hygiene
Artists, Black
Dimock Community Health Center (Roxbury, Mass.)
Minority Council on Alcoholism (Boston, Mass.)
Public health--Massachusetts
African Americans--Health and hygiene
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
De Barger, David (Director)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Diaz, Eduardo (Host)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Carew, Topper (Producer Program Segment)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Recordist)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Recordist)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
McGonagle, Richard (Lighting Assistant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
LaBillios, Ann (Intern)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Caring For Your Health,” 11/30/1977, GBH Archives, accessed July 16, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Caring For Your Health.” 11/30/1977. GBH Archives. Web. July 16, 2024. <>.
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