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Say Brother; Folktales

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Say Brother
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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 is divided into two halves: the first consisting of an in-studio reading of a folktale to a group of young children, the second of newsmagazine-style segments. Jim Cooper reads "Why Apes Look Like People" from the book Black Folk Tales and encourages the children assembled for the reading to discuss what they think of the animals in the story (with implications on human behavior). Additional segments include "Information" (on breast cancer awareness), "Community Access" (about the Roxbury Action Program’s housing rehabilitation work and pharmacy), "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from an interview with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln as conducted by Northeastern University students during the 1969-1970 school year), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero (who reads the folktale "The Fox and the Goose" as a means of illustrating the double standard of the Boston School Committee).



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Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Cooper, Jim
African American women
Lincoln, Abbey
Roxbury Action Program
Housing rehabilitation--Massachusetts--Roxbury
Roach, Max, 1924-2007
African Americans in the performing arts
African Americans--Folklore
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Cooper, James (Host)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Folktales,” 12/18/1974, GBH Archives, accessed July 23, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Folktales.” 12/18/1974. GBH Archives. Web. July 23, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Folktales. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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