GBH Openvault

Say Brother; School Desegregation; Bill Cosby Interview

Part of From the Vault.


Bill Cosby discusses presidential politics in 1968, then talks about the lack of teaching of Black history in schools, and the importance of including this topic in the school curriculum.

License Clip
Say Brother
School Desegregation
Program Number



Bill Cosby Interview

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 focuses on school desegregation and the quality of education in Boston. Discussion with students, parents, and community activists are held within Jeremiah E. Burke High School. First program of the 1974 season.



Asset Type


Media Type


African American actors
Discrimination in education
Education--Political aspects
African Americans--Education
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998
Cosby, Bill, 1937-
Race relations
African Americans--History
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Thomas, Stuart (Interviewer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Cosby, Bill (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; School Desegregation; Bill Cosby Interview,” 01/01/1968, GBH Archives, accessed May 27, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; School Desegregation; Bill Cosby Interview.” 01/01/1968. GBH Archives. Web. May 27, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; School Desegregation; Bill Cosby Interview. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.