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Say Brother; Middle Passage; Documenting African American history

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This clip features an interview with Byron Rushing, Director of the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston, on the aims of the museum and the difficulties in documenting African American history. Overall program 109 focuses on the seizure and transport of African men, women, and children to the United States and Atlantic coast colonies. The physical transport, called "Middle Passage," is illustrated via the use of a filmstrip on the topic prepared by the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston. Additional segments include the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Information" on why the slave trade took place, a performance by mime Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid), a filmed segment with Byron Rushing, Director of the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston, on the aims of the museum and the difficulties in documenting African American history, segment interludes with Wolf (of the musical group Mandrill), Coffee Cave and Tasha Jones (then cast member of The Wiz); "Book Beat," and commentary by Sarah-Ann Shaw on Third World struggles for independence. Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
Middle Passage
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Documenting African American history

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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

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Bond, Julian
Slave trade
Afro Audiovisual Company (Boston, Mass.)
Mandrill, Wolf
Museum of Afro-American History (Boston, Mass.)
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Rushing, Byron
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Jones, Tasha
Civil rights
Cave, Coffee
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Crippens, David (Host)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Haydock, Rodger (Assistant Cameraman)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Middle Passage; Documenting African American history,” 12/03/1975, GBH Archives, accessed July 13, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Middle Passage; Documenting African American history.” 12/03/1975. GBH Archives. Web. July 13, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Middle Passage; Documenting African American history. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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