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Say Brother
Christmas in Color
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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

A Say Brother special presentation, "Christmas in Color", features the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts' musical adaptation of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," which was performed in-studio. Additional segments include a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) and a "Christmas Cabaret" featuring four songs by vocalist Chip Garnett with back-up vocalists Cheryl Freeman and Sheryl Shell.

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Broadcast program

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Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Shell, Sheryl
African American singers
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Garnett, Chip
African Americans in the performing arts
Black Nativity (Theatrical production)
Freeman, Cheryl
Christmas plays, American
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
McGonagle, Richard (Audio)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Cross, June (Assistant Director)
Blackman, Vernon (Music Director)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Shipley, Jack (Still Photography)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Allen, Pearl (Musician)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Wilson, Billy (Musical Staging)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Waters, Mitch (Camera)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Himes, Eric (Director Program Segment)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
O'Brien, Lindsey (Assistant Cameraman)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Shah, Bruce (Director Program Segment)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Ross, John (Musician)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Howard, George (Director Dance)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Christmas in Color,” 12/20/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Christmas in Color.” 12/20/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Christmas in Color. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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