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Say Brother; NAACP

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Say Brother
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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 examines the role of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the lives of African Americans. Host Leah Fletcher interviews Vernon Sport (President of the New England Regional Conference of the NAACP), Tom Atkins (President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP), and Reverend Charles Smith (National Board Member for the NAACP) and asks how the NAACP works towards equality in America, how the NAACP has proven itself, what the role is of the court system in the NAACP's work, how the NAACP decides which issues it will pursue, how citizen or test cases are selected, in what areas the NAACP has been most effective, and why desegregation in Boston is an important issue. Additional segments include "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1972 Say Brother interview with Federal Communications Commission Commissioner (FCC) Benjamin Hooks conducted by Lee Daniels), "Access" (on the services provided by the Aswalos House), "Information" (on Project Safe), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero.

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Broadcast program

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African Americans in television broadcasting
Smith, Reverend Charles
African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights
Sport, Vernon
Atkins, Thomas
Aswalos House (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans in radio broadcasting
Human services--United States
Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Project Safe (Boston, Mass.)
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Fletcher, Leah (Host)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Chicago: “Say Brother; NAACP,” 03/27/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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