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Basic Black; Vintage Poetry and Arts


MASTER Originally Say Brother program 110, broadcast 10/20/1975 Program #2905 WGBH Media Archives & Preservation Center Say Brother National Poetry and Arts Orig. Rec. Date: 10/20/75 New Air Date: 12/24/98 Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Vintage Poetry and Arts
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Originally broadcast as Say Brother program 110 on 10/20/1975. See Say Brother program record for additional assets.

Program focuses on poetry not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for engendering social change and new attitudes towards the arts. Composed of a number of segments, Poetry and Arts includes a reading of a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem by Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to a group of young children, an excerpt from an interview with poet Nikki Giovanni, a tutorial on getting published, an editorial on the "state of the arts" by House Representative Louis Stokes (Ohio), and a listing of new volumes of poetry of interest to the African American community.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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