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Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart

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Say Brother
In the Matter of Levi Hart
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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 investigates the events the night Levi Hart, a 14-year-old African American youth from Roxbury, Mass., was killed in a police chase. (Hart, and two other Roxbury youths had stolen a car. When the officers caught up to them, Hart was shot, arguably by Richard Bourque in an act of police brutality.) Say Brother, in a documentary-style program, interviews Andrea Swores (a teacher of Hart's), Jean Hart (Levi Hart's mother), Judge Richard L. Banks (who presided over the inquest), Dr. Luke G. Tedeschi (who performed the second autopsy on Hart's body), Henry F. Owens, III (the Hart family lawyer), and attorney Frank J. McGee (who represented police officer Richard Bourque in the lawsuit that followed). Program features the additional commentary of state representative Doris Bunte and Saundra Graham, the comments of the Chairman of the National Black United Front Rev. Herbert Daughtry, and dramatic reenactments of the morning Hart was killed and of three testimonials from the legal transcript of the initial inquest investigating the shooting (those of eyewitness Harcourt Lewis, Roxbury youth Darrius Williams, and Boston police officer Richard Bourque).



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Broadcast program

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Banks, Judge Richard L.
Trials (Police misconduct)
Discrimination in law enforcement
Police brutality
Hart, Levi
Bourque, Richard
Civil rights
African American teenagers
African American politicans
Daughtry, Rev. Herbert
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Bunte, Doris
Graham, Saundra
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Rivera, George (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Duval, Lynn (Intern)
Bennett, Mark (Intern)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Gibbs, Deborah (Assistant Unit Manager)
Sullivan, John L. (Stage Manager)
Strother, Darlene (Intern)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Beres, Marc (Gaffer)
Conroy, Lynn (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Director Program Segment)
Plausse, John (Stage Manager)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Macie, Roger (Video)
Goldman, Elias (Video)
Hill, Rebecca (Wardrobe)
Deering, Jim (Videotape Recordist)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Jenkins, John (Audio)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Mekuria, Salem (Production Secretary)
Easterling, Michael (Production Manager)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Banks, Judy (Production Assistant)
Barclay, Patrick (Intern)
Williams-Moore, Evelyn (Casting)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Chicago: “Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart,” 04/16/1981, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart.” 04/16/1981. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; In the Matter of Levi Hart. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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