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Say Brother; State Recognition After 400 Years: Who and Why?

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Say Brother
State Recognition After 400 Years: Who and Why?
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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

Barbara Barrow discusses the recent executive order issued by Massachusetts legislature recognizing Native Americans with Clif Saunders, Director of the Boston Indian Council. Topics include the implications that recognition will have for Native Americans, the services Native Americans requested of the state before the executive order was issued (both socioeconomic and legal), the hopes for federal recognition, the still unacknowledged issues of Native Americans in the Boston area despite the executive order, issues raised on a recent Today show about Native Americans not wanting their land back, the "paternalism" of the the United States government, and the desire for self-determination. Additional segments include a 1974 interview with an unnamed aboriginal man from Australia conducted by Dighton Spooner, commentary by David Crippens from Say Brother program 103 and the "Community Calendar."



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Civil rights
Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
Saunders, Clif
Indigenous peoples
Indians of North America--Urban residence--Massachusetts
Aboriginal Australians--Ethnic identity
Massachusetts. General Court
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Chicago: “Say Brother; State Recognition After 400 Years: Who and Why?,” 08/07/1997, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; State Recognition After 400 Years: Who and Why?.” 08/07/1997. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; State Recognition After 400 Years: Who and Why?. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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