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Say Brother
Slices of Black Theatre
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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 focusses on African American theater, with an emphasis on the national tour of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with members of Wiz cast Ken Prymus (the Lion), Peggy Blue (Aunty Em), and Kamal (a former member of the National Center of Afro-American Artists who plays the "Wiz") about their professional careers prior to their engagement with the touring company, their professional goals, whether or not The Wiz is a new adaptation of Baum's text, and what they have enjoyed about working on The Wiz. Program includes musical performances by "Wiz" guests and previously aired studio performances by Chip Garnett (Duke Ellington's song "Sophisticated Lady," which he performed in the Broadway production of "Bubbling Brown Sugar"), and Barbara Alston and Paula Larke (who both performed in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf by Ntozake Shange).



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Broadcast program

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Wiz, The (Theatrical production)
Blue, Peggy
African American singers
Larke, Paula
African American theater
African American women
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf (Theatrical production)
Alston, Barbara
Garnett, Chip
Raisin in the Sun, A (Theatrical production of)
Prymus, Ken
African American musicians
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Lou Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Koppel, Tiit (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Bundy, Kissette (Assistant Cameraman)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Chigas, Basil (Assistant Cameraman)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Tomaselli, Robert (Camera)
Wilson, Bob (Stage Manager)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Heller, Dick (Director Program Segment)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
McGonagle, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Waters, Mitch (Lighting Assistant)
McKenna, Jim (Stage Manager)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Shah, Bruce (Director Program Segment)
Correia, Dennis (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Himes, Eric (Director Program Segment)
Gray, Randolph (Lighting Assistant)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Recordist)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
O'Brien, Lindsey (Assistant Cameraman)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Slices of Black Theatre,” 09/28/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Slices of Black Theatre.” 09/28/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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