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Say Brother
Health Update
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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 three major diseases that affect the Third World community: lupus, high blood pressure, and sickle cell anemia. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray, in a live program, speaks with guests Henrietta Aladjem (author of The Sun is My Enemy, a book detailing her life as a lupus patient), Dr. Carlos Vera (a hematologist at the Boston City Hospital and director of a clinical study on sickle cell at the Boston Sickle Cell Center), Dr. Patricia Frazier (immunologist at the Robert Brigham Hospital and a lupus specialist), Beverly Gibson (of the sickle cell unit at Children's Hospital), and Dr. Roger Jean-Charles (an internist at Boston University Medical Center, consultant for the American Heart Association and past president of the New England High Blood Pressure Council) about the symptoms of these diseases, where to go for testing, and treatment information. Program includes viewer calls.



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Jean-Charles, Dr. Roger
Gibson, Beverly
Sun Is My Enemy, The (Book)
Public health--Massachusetts--Boston
Boston Sickle Cell Center (Boston, Mass.)
Vera, Dr. Carlos
Sickle cell anemia
Frazier, Dr. Patricia
Aladjem, Henrietta, 1917-
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Melendez, Celenia (Intern)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
MacKnight, John (Lighting Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Morales, Carmen (Production Secretary)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Health Update,” 12/07/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Health Update.” 12/07/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Health Update. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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