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Say Brother
Mashpee Quest
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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 examines the initial 1976 lawsuit (and subsequent appeal) filed by the Mashpee Tribal Council (of Mashpee, Mass.) against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, citing the illegal seizure of native lands. Host Sixto Escobar reviews the heart of the lawsuit (the 1830 division of this land by the state, without congressional approval, in which each Wampanoag received 60 acres), and speaks with Russell Peters (President of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council) and attorney Ann Gilmore (co-counsel for the Tribe in the trial) about the council's case and the issues raised in court. Program features footage from WGBH-TV's 10 O'Clock News story on the lawsuit and its impact on the town.



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Peters, Russell
Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
Indians of North America--Massachusetts
Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc.
Gilmore, Ann
10 O'Clock News (Television program)
Indians of North Americans--Land tenure
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Escobar, Sixto (Host)
Beres, Marc (Intern)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Sullivan, John L. (Assistant Cameraman)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Rosenthal, Iris (Lighting Assistant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
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