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Say Brother; Black Colleges National; Interview with Tom Satch Sanders

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This clip features an interview with former Boston Celtics player Tom "Satch" Sanders (basketball coach of Harvard University ) on racism in athletics. He discusses the move into management positions such as coaching and the lack of ownership of basketball franchises by African Americans. Overall the program addresses the need for Black colleges to remain vital and relevant within the community of four-year academic institutions in the United States. Despite admissions opportunities for African Americans in historically white academic institutions, the program argues that these schools are still unequipped to address the needs of Blacks. Program segments specifically target the African American athlete recruited by predominantly white academic institutions to play on sports teams, and how this alters his/her educational prospects, and include an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Eliash Blake as conducted by Dr. Gerald Durley at the Institute for Services to Education workshop. Additional segments include "Spotlight" with New York Knickerbockers television analyst Cal Ramsey interviewing basketball player Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, an excerpt from an interview with Tom "Satch" Sanders (basketball coach of Harvard University ) on racism in athletics, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond; a public service listing of contact information for historically African American colleges, "Commentary" by professor and historian A.B. Spellman on the changes taking place in historically Black schools, and segment interludes with Reggie Torrian (of The Impressions), Wolf (of the musical group Mandrill), and musician Grover Washington. Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
Black Colleges National
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Interview with Tom Satch Sanders

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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Ramsey, Cal
African Americans--Attitudes
Monroe, Earl
Sanders, Tom
Blake, Dr. Eliash, Jr.
Civil rights
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Torrian, Reggie
Durley, Dr. Gerald
African American athletes
Institute for Services to Education
Mandrill, Wolf
Washington, Grover
Race and Ethnicity
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Jackson, Henry (Editor Segment)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Crippens, David (Host)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Haydock, Rodger (Assistant Cameraman)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bagwell, Huntley (Assistant Editor)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Colleges National; Interview with Tom Satch Sanders,” 11/12/1975, GBH Archives, accessed February 28, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Black Colleges National; Interview with Tom Satch Sanders.” 11/12/1975. GBH Archives. Web. February 28, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Black Colleges National; Interview with Tom Satch Sanders. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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