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Say Brother; Attica National; Say Brother commentary on the current penal system

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In this clip host David Crippens offers commentary on the current penal system. As a spokesperson for Say Brother, he seeks to point out the flaws of the penal system and offer ways it could be improved through local community solutions. Overall the program focuses on the rebellion that took place at Attica State Prison, New York, September 13, 1971. Using original footage of the rebellion (prisoners, hostages, McKay Commission excerpts, police preparing to enter the prison, etc.), an "Information" segment with material on the National Prisoners' Rights Association and the National Coalition to Help Prisoners, and commentary by Askia Muhammad, Say Brother seeks to point out the flaws of the penal system and offer ways it could be improved. Additional segments include "Bookbeat," an interview with African American television producer Tony Brown on changing Black programming, a poetry reading/performance by Sam Stamper, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, and a segment interlude with Ric Mandrill (of the musical group Mandrill). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
Attica National
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Say Brother commentary on the current penal system

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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Mandrill, Ric
Stamper, Sam
Bond, Julian, 1940-
African American--Attitudes
National Prisoners' Rights Association
Attica Correctional Facility
Muhammad, Askia
Civil rights
National Coalition to Help Prisoners
African American prisoners
Brown, Tony
Race and Ethnicity
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Crippens, David (Host)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Attica National; Say Brother commentary on the current penal system,” 11/19/1975, GBH Archives, accessed February 28, 2024,
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