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Say Brother
Unsuspected Killers, 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 focuses on diseases that predominantly affect Third World populations: lupus, hypertension, and sickle cell anemia. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with Beverly Gibson (a sickle cell educator at Children's Hospital, Boston) and Dr. Patricia Frazier (a rheumatologist at Robert B. Brigham Hospital) in the first half of the program and Dr. Peter Schur (a rheumatologist), Dr. Jane Desforges (a hematologist), Ann Eubanks (a Boston schoolteacher with lupus), and Henrietta Aladjem (author of The Sun Is My Enemy and lupus patient in remission) in the second. Topics include symptoms of the diseases, diagnosis and treatment, available medications, and why more African Americans get these diseases than white Americans. Program features calls from the viewing audience to doctors Shur and Defarges.



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Frazier, Dr. Patricia
Schur, Dr. Peter
Desforges, Dr. Jane
Aladjem, Henrietta
Eubanks, Ann
Gibson, Beverly
Sun Is My Enemy, The (Book)
Sickle cell anemia
Race and Ethnicity
Himes, Eric (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Gray, Randolph (Assistant Cameraman)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Greenstein, Marilyn (Production Assistant)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Recordist)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Rosenthal, Iris (Camera)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Unsuspected Killers, The,” 11/10/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Unsuspected Killers, The.” 11/10/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Unsuspected Killers, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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