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Say Brother
Old, Black and Alive
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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 features a short documentary film produced by the National Caucus on the Black Aged, Inc. titled Old, Black and Alive. About the living conditions and attitudes of older African Americans, Old, Black and Alive has the stated objective of depicting "both the similarities and the differences" among the aged in Macon County, Alabama. Additional program segments include poetry readings by Sylvia Wright, an interview with composer Dr. Hall Johnson (who, at 81, reflects upon the sources of his work) conducted by Sarah-Ann Shaw, a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), an "Access" segment on the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, "Information" on incorporating a business, and "Commentary" on values by Say Brother Producer Marita Rivero.



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Community health services--Massachusetts--Roxbury
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970
Television broadcasting of films
National Caucus on the Black Aged, Inc. New Film Company, Inc. Old, Black and Alive (Motion picture)
Older people--Alabama
African American composers
African American women
African Americans--Attitudes
Jackson, Jacquelyne J.
African Americans in the performing arts
Poetry--Women authors
Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (Roxbury, Mass.)
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
African Americans in motion pictures
Cantor, Frank
Older African Americans
Oral interpretation of poetry
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Cooper, James (Commentary Editor)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Old, Black and Alive,” 10/18/1974, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Old, Black and Alive.” 10/18/1974. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Old, Black and Alive. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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