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Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja

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Say Brother
Spirit of Umoja
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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 the meaning and celebration of Kwanzaa, the African celebration of first fruits. Segments include "man on the street" interviews conducted by two middle school students (who ask shoppers if they know what Kwanzaa is), in-studio performances by the St. Joseph's Community School Junior and Senior Choirs, a Kwanzaa question-and-answer session with Brother Imara, an in-studio Kwanzaa ceremony; and performances of the folktales "Thunder and Lightning" and "Why God Lives in the Sky" by storyteller Brother Blue (Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill).



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Broadcast program

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African Americans--Attitudes
St. Joseph's Community School
Civil rights
African Americans--Folklore
Brother Blue
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Nicholas, Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja,” 12/26/1973, GBH Archives, accessed June 18, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja.” 12/26/1973. GBH Archives. Web. June 18, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Spirit of Umoja. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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