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Say Brother
Dream Deferred, A
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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 focuses on the African American experience in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1965 via a broadcast of Sanola, a black and white documentary film produced by Ed Pincus and Donald Neuman, and distributed by Cambridgeport Film Corporation. Living in poverty, Sanola (jokingly called "X Jr." by friends) is filmed interacting with other African American Natchez residents and neighborhood children. A former tree surgeon, Sanola is now a disoriented and disillusioned alcoholic. He discusses poverty, welfare, work, child abuse at the hand of his mother, and his household. Additional segments include the "Community Calendar" and a narrated segment in which associate producer Barbara Barrow states that next season, Say Brother will broaden its perspective to include all Third World people.



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Broadcast program

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Sanola (Motion picture)
African Americans--Social conditions--1964-1975
Social problems in motion pictures
African Americans in motion pictures
Television broadcasting of films
Civil rights
Southern States in motion pictures
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
White, Don (Video)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
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