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Say Brother
Leadership in the Black Community
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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 the need for, as well as problems attending, leadership in African American communities. Host Marita Rivero introduces the upcoming April 24 March for Desegregation being held in Boston and speaks with participating local leaders John O. Boone, Maceo Dixon (of the National Student Coalition Against Racism or NSCAR), and Reverend William Weeks. All discuss the virtues of the upcoming march, the role of school busing as a "gateway" issue for segregationists to attack civil rights, the role of the church in leading African American communities, and the future of the Black revolution. Additionally, Rivero speaks with Percy Wilson, Executive Director of the Roxbury Multi-Service Center about institutional leadership. Program interviews are periodically halted for previously recorded segments featuring local and national Black leaders Elma Lewis, Jean McGuire, Haki Madhubuti, and Supreme Minister Wallace D. Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.



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Broadcast program

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African American college students--Political activity
African American teachers--Training of
Lewis, Elma
National Student Coalition Against Racism
African American Muslims
Muhammad, Wallace D.
Boone, John O.
Dixon, Maceo
Civil rights
Weeks, Rev. William
Madhubuti, Haki R., 1942-
African American women
African Americans--Education--Massachusetts
African Americans--Segregation
McGuire, Jean
Human services--Massachusetts
Black Muslims
African American leadership--Massachusetts
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Leadership in the Black Community,” 03/30/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Leadership in the Black Community.” 03/30/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Leadership in the Black Community. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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