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Say Brother; Odetta

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Say Brother
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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 consists of an interview with, and live studio performance by, Odetta Gordon, a classically trained musician turned folk singer. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with Odetta backstage before the performance about her birthday, her religious perspectives (especially her interest in Eastern spiritual beliefs), the music tradition from which she draws, her good feelings about tonight's performance, and her change from classical to folk music. (An on-stage interview after her performance also introduces questions about her inspiration, her involvement in civil rights struggles, and the artists that have influenced her.) Program closes with an Odetta-led a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" with audience participation.

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Broadcast program

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African American musicians
African American women
Folk music--United States
Odetta, 1930-2008
Race and Ethnicity
Anderson, Juanita (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Juanita Anderson (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Sullivan, John L. (Boom Operator)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
McKenna, Jim (Lighting Assistant)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Beres, Marc (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Rosenthal, Iris (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Odetta,” 05/25/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Odetta.” 05/25/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Odetta. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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