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Say Brother; From Puerto Rico's Point of View

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Say Brother
From Puerto Rico's Point of View
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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 of whether or not Puerto Rico should remain a colony/commonwealth, merge with the United States as the 51st state, or enter into a free-association agreement with the United States. Host Ivette Torres speaks with Joaquin A. Marquez (of the Resident Commissioner's Office of Puerto Rico), Angel Villalini (a member of the Puerto Rican Independence Party), and Dr. Efren Ramirez (a Pro - ELA [Estado Libre Asociado] member) to discuss how each of these political views would completely change the lives of the Puerto Rican people, how would each of these philosophies addresses the economic issues of the island, if the Puerto Rican people genuinely have the opportunity to make up their minds given the bias of the media towards the United States, and whether or not statehood would harm Puerto Rican culture. Program includes questions taken from the audience.



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Estado Libre Asociado
Ramirez, Dr. Efren
Statehood (American politics)
Villalini, Angel
Puerto Rico--Politics and government--1952-1998
Civil rights
Marquez, Joaquin A.
Puerto Ricans--United States
Puerto Rican Independence Party
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Rivera, George (Associate Producer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Chigas, Basil (Switcher)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Torres, Ivette (Host)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
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