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Say Brother; Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?

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Say Brother
Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?
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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 explores the impact of the modified desegregation plan that went into effect in Boston, Massachusetts, in May, 1976. Host Barbara Barrow visits the students and faculty of the William Monroe Trotter School in Roxbury's District 9 to explore the intent of Judge Garrity's altered desegregation plan via conversations with Lillian Wood (a learning center coordinator for the Trotter School), Dennis DeCoste (teacher at the Trotter School), and students. Topics include the enforcement of racial diversity, how the school curriculum has changed with the implementation of the plan, and how students and teachers feel about their new learning workspaces. At the time of the program, the Trotter School had an excellent reputation as a magnet school. Additional program segments include a previously aired in-studio performance from the musical "Raisin" (with Darren Green singing "Sidewalk Tree") and the "Community Calendar."

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African American students
African American singers
Raisin (Theatrical production)
Green, Darren
William Monroe Trotter Community School (Roxbury, Mass.)
Public schools--Massachusetts--Boston
School integration--Massachusetts--Boston
Classroom environment
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Portilla, Alfred (Assistant Cameraman)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Correia, Dennis (Video)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?,” 10/01/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?.” 10/01/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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