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Say Brother; Desegregation; Highland Park Free School

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In this clip Jim Cooper, a teacher at the Highland Park Free School, talks about the concerted efforts by parents to reach their goals and define their own educational institution. Overall the program focuses on education as an "equalizer" in America. Through segments that discuss the educational needs of the African American community, desegregation in public schools, and job discrimination, Program 112, illustrates the problems African Americans have had obtaining a good education. Program includes interview footage with Jim Cooper, a teacher at the Highland Park Free School,"Commentary" by Sarah-Ann Shaw (in which she discusses Black thought in education), the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond (consisting of readings of historical facts related to Black education), a "Political Note" on job satisfaction, job training, and workforce discrimination, an excerpt from the theater piece The Dozens, produced by WTTW TV, and segment interludes with Russell Tillman and Ric Mandrill (of the musical group Mandrill). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
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Highland Park Free School

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

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Public schools
Cooper, Jim
Community schools
Race discrimination--United States
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
McGuire, Jean
Civil rights
Mandrill, Ric
Highland Park Free School
African Americans--Education
African Americans--Attitudes
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
Bond, Julian
Segregation in education--United States
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Lewis Septet, Webster (Theme Music)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Crippens, David (Host)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Desegregation; Highland Park Free School,” 12/31/1975, GBH Archives, accessed March 1, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Desegregation; Highland Park Free School.” 12/31/1975. GBH Archives. Web. March 1, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Desegregation; Highland Park Free School. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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