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Say Brother; Nation of Islam: A Portrait; History of Black Capitalism in the United States

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In this clip Georgia State Representative Julian Bond presents his "Historical Minute" on the history of Black capitalism in the United States. He quotes from the Gazetteer and Guide from 1901 that states between 1620 and 1830 the real and personal property of Free Blacks was valued at $100 million. Overall the program explores the beliefs and ideals of African American Muslims who are members of the Nation of Islam, through three principal segments: footage from the 1975 Savior's Day Celebration in Chicago (including excerpts from a speeches and interviews given by Supreme Minister Wallace D. Muhammad and National Secretary Abass Rasoul), a "Conversation" between Vickie Jones and a female member of the Nation of Islam about restrictions placed upon women by the Nation, and an excerpt from an interview with poet and Nation member Sonia 5X Sanchez. Additional segments include "Information" on Arab/African relations, a "Spotlight" on the African art of Momodou Ceesay, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Commentary" by professor and historian A.B. Spellman, and segment interludes with Reggie Torrian (of the musical groupThe Impressions), Louis Wilson (of the musical group Mandrill), and Pi Douglas (cast member of The Wiz). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
Nation of Islam: A Portrait
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History of Black Capitalism in the United States

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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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Black Muslims
African American business enterprises
Savior's Day Celebration - 1975
Mandrill, Louis
Douglas, Pi
Capitalism--United States
Sanchez, Sonia
African American politicians
Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
Muhammad, Wallace D. Rasoul, Abass
Civil rights
African American businesspeople
Torrian, Reggie
Race and Ethnicity
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Crippens, David (Host)
Izzi, Steve (Sound Mixer)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Nixon, Beverly (Assistant Editor)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Jackson, Bill (Sound)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Nation of Islam: A Portrait; History of Black Capitalism in the United States,” 11/05/1975, GBH Archives, accessed February 23, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Nation of Islam: A Portrait; History of Black Capitalism in the United States.” 11/05/1975. GBH Archives. Web. February 23, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Nation of Islam: A Portrait; History of Black Capitalism in the United States. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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