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Say Brother
Black Youth and Education
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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 numerous community affairs segments, the most prominent of which is a panel discussion directed by Sarah-Ann Shaw on African American youth and education in Boston. Guests include Jean McGuire (Roxbury resident and only Black Pupil Adjustment Counselor for the Boston public school system), Gerald Hill (an African American teacher and nominee for Interim Project Director of the King-Timilty Coalition), Francine Mills (director of a vocational program for Operation Exodus), John Jackson (an African American teacher involved with experimental work-study program of Boston public schools), and Patricia Raynor (parent and member of the Parents' Education Committee).

Additional segments include musical performances by Gwen Michaels and The Stark Reality, a poetry reading by Linda Hall, staff reflections on a recent African-style wedding in Boston, and a reading of the community news by Jacqueline Banks.



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Broadcast program

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McGuire, Jean
African Americans in television broadcasting
Hall, Linda
Civil rights
Annual Black Power Conference (1968)
African American teachers--Training of
Oral interpretation of poetry
Michaels, Gwen
Raynor, Patricia
African American teachers
African American musicians
Hill, Gerald
Mills, Francine
Jackson, John
Television broadcasting of news
African American dance
African Americans--Education (Secondary)--Massachusetts--Boston
African American women
African American singers
African Americans--Education (Elementary)--Massachusetts--Boston
Poetry--Women authors
Stark Reality, The (Musical group)
Public schools--Massachusetts--Boston
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Race relations--Massachusetts--Boston
Race and Ethnicity
Boyd, Jim (Producer)
Ferguson, Andrew (Associate Producer)
Richardson, Ray (Associate Producer)
Ray Richardson (Producer)
Lathan, Stan (Associate Producer)
Forbes, Cam (Lighting)
Lorencic, Karl (Video)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Burnett, Calvin (Graphics)
Ferguson, Andrew (Audio)
McLerty, Clement (Still Photography)
Spruill, Jim (Host)
Shaw, Sarah-Ann (Host)
Rogers, Steve (Video)
Banks, Jaqueline (Host)
Gomez, Jewelle (Production Assistant)
Heitman, Clinton (Scenic Design)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Youth and Education,” 08/29/1968, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
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