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Say Brother
Mass. Black History
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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 tour of prominent landmarks related to African American history in Boston, Massachusetts. Guest Byron Rushing, Director of the Museum of Afro-American History, Boston, takes host Topper Carew to specific historical sites to retrace the steps of African Americans in Boston during the early 1800s. Sites include the Royall House, Copps Hill Burial Ground in the North End, the Smith School, the African Meeting House, the George Middleton House, the Charles Street Church, and St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. Program includes an interview with Melnea Cass, one of Boston's oldest black activists, and Byron Rushing, in which the history of Roxbury is discussed.

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Lewis Hayden House (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans--Massachusetts
Museum of Afro-American History (Boston, Mass.)
Rushing, Byron
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
African Meetinghouse (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans--History
George Middleton House (Boston, Mass.)
Civil rights
Copp's Hill Burying Ground (Boston, Mass.)
Royall House (Boston, Mass.)
Smith School for Colored Children (Boston, Mass.)
Charles Street Church (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
Topper Carew (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
MacKnight, John (Lighting)
Lorencic, Karl (Technical Director)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Davis, Tony (Assistant To The Producer)
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