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Say Brother; 1968-1978, Where Do We Go From Here?

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Say Brother
1968-1978, Where Do We Go From Here?
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

Say Brother celebrates its tenth anniversary with a look at Boston and its African American community over the past decade -- particularly changes in politics, social service agencies, employment rates, the educational system, and minority programming. Program features interviews with David O. Ives (President of WGBH) and Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) on why Say Brother was created, State Representative Mel King and Sarah-Ann Shaw, WBZ-TV reporter and former Anti-Poverty Program Coordinator, on changes in African American employment, Lloyd King (Executive Director of the Roxbury Action Program) on changes in housing, John O'Bryant (of the Boston School Committee) on changes resulting from Boston's desegregation plan, and Russell Tillman (former Say Brother staffer from 1968 to 1973) on why the show was shut down in 1970 (about program 63, "New Bedford"). Program dedicated to Ray Richardson (former Say Brother producer) and Melnea Cass (a Roxbury community advocate). Includes excerpts of previously aired programs.

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King, Lloyd
African Americans--Massachusetts
African Americans in television broadcasting
Say Brother - Anniversaries
African American journalists
Civil rights
African Americans--Housing
Durant, Lenny
Lewis, Elma
African American women
Farrakhan, Louis
O'Bryant, John
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Tillman, Russell
Say Brother (television program)
Civil rights
African American politicians
School integration--Massachusetts--Boston
King, Mel
Ives, David O.
Television in community development
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
African Americans--Employment
Race and Ethnicity
Himes, Eric (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wenger, Christie (Titlist)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Lou Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Gray, Randolph (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Bundy, Kissette (Camera)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Krol, Bronislaw (Audio)
Chicago: “Say Brother; 1968-1978, Where Do We Go From Here?,” 12/21/1978, GBH Archives, accessed June 18, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; 1968-1978, Where Do We Go From Here?.” 12/21/1978. GBH Archives. Web. June 18, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; 1968-1978, Where Do We Go From Here?. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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