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Say Brother
Prison Reforms
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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 a Stephen Curwood interview with Daniel Campbell (of Prison Reform Organization) and Mackie MacLeod (of Family and Friends of Prisoners) on the state of correctional institutions in Massachusetts; an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on prisoner classification and whether or not it has merit (with debaters Tom Sellers, Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, and Dave Collins Program Coordinator for the Cambridge Office of the American Friends Service Committee, as well as guest panelists Sarah-Ann Shaw of WBZ TV and Jerry Taylor of the Boston Globe); the "Community Calendar"; and the "Say Brother News" with reporters Karen Holmes, Eric Sampedro, Margaret Tarter, Leah Fletcher, and Tanya Hart. Sampedro's reports features a brief interview with Boston Indian Council's Mildred Noble (Social Counselor) and Clif Saunders (Executive Director) regarding the deaths of ta homeless native American woman and an interview with Fernando Gutierrez (Bilingual Coordinator for the Tri-City Mental Health Center, Malden); Tarter's report includes an interview with Rene Scott of Transition House, a nonprofit agency set up to protect battered women.



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Broadcast program

Media Type


Collins, Dave
African American journalists
Campbell, Daniel
MacLeod, Mackie
Family and Friends of Prisoners
Civil rights
Gutierrez, Fernando
Boston Indian Council (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans in television broadcasting
Saunders, Clif
Prison administration
Correctional institutions--Massachusetts
Taylor, Jerry
Transition House (Boston, Mass.)
Prison Reform Organization
Homeless persons
Roxbury Community College (Roxbury, Mass.)
Television broadcasting of news
Rosie's Place (Boston, Mass.)
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Human services--Massachusetts--Boston
Sellers, Tom
Race and Ethnicity
Himes, Eric (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Curwood, Stephen (Host)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Tarter, Margaret (Reporter)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Prison Reforms,” 12/16/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Prison Reforms.” 12/16/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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