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Say Brother; Black America Speaks Out

Aircheck of program # 51 : Black America Speaks Out DVD-R containing WAV audio file from original 1/4 audiotape

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Say Brother
Black America Speaks Out
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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

The programs presents portions of a forum held at Boston College entitled "Speaking to White America, Will You Listen?" held on 12/8/1969. Say Brother introduces the program as a "forum in which some of the history and programs of four major and nationally know organizations dealing with the various struggles o Afro-Americans in this country."

Speakers: Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Roy Wilkins, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Roy Innis, Congress of Racial Equality; Masai Hewlitt, Black Panther Party.

Originally broadcast 2/1970.

(See also WGBH Radio program "Forum: Speaking to White America, Will You Listen" Tape container includes copy of original Boston College newsletter from 12/9/1969.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
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