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Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?

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Say Brother
Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?
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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 minority cultural institutions and whether they are destined to fail in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists about the limited existence of minority cultural institutions, what institutions serve Blacks in America, if the National Center is a stable institution, the role of donations and individual giving in the economic viability of an institution, and the difficulty in getting grants (due to the fact, as Lewis states, grant monies are distributed to perpetuate a culture rather than develop marginalized populations). Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, the "Third World Connection" (in which the mixture of African, Chinese, and Eastern Europe people is discussed), and the "Community Calendar."

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Broadcast program

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African American women
Art schools--Massachusetts--Roxbury
African Americans in television broadcasting
Education Standards
School management and organization
Television broadcasting of news
Europe--Civilization--African influences
African Americans in the performing arts
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
Lewis, Elma
Civil rights
Asia--Civilization--African influences
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Floyd, Mike (Stage Manager)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Assembly)
Koppel, Tiit (Assistant Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio Editor)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Burdett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?,” 01/21/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Minority Cultural Institutions: Programmed to Fail?.” 01/21/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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