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Say Brother
Walpole: Every Which Way But Loose
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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

Program Description

Program offers a in-depth look at the policies, procedures and inmates of Massachusetts 'Walpole State Prison, one of the most controversial maximum security correctional facilities in the United States. Throughout the four days spent interviewing Walpole's inmates and staff, Say Brother documents the discriminatory application of the internal classification system (which leads to blacks staying longer and being placed in stricter confines), the virtual absence of minority staff, and the punitive rather than rehabilitative programs at the prison, particularly those of the Departmental Segregation Unit (DSU), 10 Block. (Say Brother was afforded the ususual privilege of being able to enter and obtain footage of 10 Block.) Those interviewed include Fred A. Butterworth, Superintendant of Walpole, Carol Gabel, Director of Prisoner Programs, and Thomas DaSilva, Supervisor of DSU/10 Block.

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Gabel, Carol
Sabree, Abdullah Khalil (William Johnson)
Kamau, Dinizulu (Efrid Brown, Jr.)
Civil rights
Correctional institutions--Massachusetts
DaSilva, Thomas
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Butterworth, Fred A.
Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Walpole
Prison administration
African American prisoners
DiPaolo, Paul
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
White, Don (Video)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Melendez, Calenia (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
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