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Say Brother
Concerts in Black and Brown
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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 classical music performed by African American and Spanish-speaking musicians. Host Tanya Hart interviews classical musicians Wendell English (representing Concerts in Black and White, Boston, a newly formed corporation providing classical music performances) and Manuel Gonzalez (representing Opera 76, a company of Hispanic classical musicians). Topics include the work of each musician, the missions of their organizations, the reception of Gonzalez's opera Nela as the first Puerto Rican opera to be performed at Lincoln Center, New York City, and the difficulties minorities face in achieving recognition as classical musicians. Program includes performances by the Bridgetower Quartet, a group linked to Concerts in Black and White, and Opera 76 tenor Carlos Santana, as well as the "Community Calendar."

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Broadcast program

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Hispanic American musicians
African American musicians
Gonzalez, Manuel
African American orchestral musicians
Concerts in Black and White (Boston, Mass.)
Bridgetower String Quartet
English, Wendell
Nela (Opera)
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Hart, Tanya (Host)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown,” 04/20/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown.” 04/20/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Concerts in Black and Brown. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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