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Say Brother; Private Times with Walter Beasley


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Say Brother
Private Times with Walter Beasley
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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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Visit with jazz musician Walter Beasley: inside his classroom at Berklee College of Music, where Beasley himself studied; and at his music studio to see how he put together one of his hits. We talk candidly about growing up in the South, starting his own business, and teaching future generations the art of music – his passion for the past ten years.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Private Times with Walter Beasley,” 05/30/1996, GBH Archives, accessed December 9, 2023,
MLA: “Say Brother; Private Times with Walter Beasley.” 05/30/1996. GBH Archives. Web. December 9, 2023. <>.
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