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Say Brother; Our Aboriginal Brothers

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Dubbed from A2-01310. Original date 11/13/74.

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Say Brother
Our Aboriginal Brothers
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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 the culture of Australian aborigines. Host/interviewer Dighton Spooner speaks with Gulpilil and other Australians about music, ceremonies, instruments, costuming, and the requirements for the survival of Australia's aboriginal culture. Interviews touch upon offers from European companies to purchase tribal lands, Australia's attempts to restore its native culture, rules governing "mixed blood" in Australian government, the impact of African American leaders on Australia, the creative force behind aboriginal cultures, and European repression of native cultural tradition. Additional program segments include two mime performances by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Blast From the Past" (with an interview with Cleve Sellers, member of the Cornell University development staff), "Information" on college preparatory services, "Access" (on the services of the Council of Elders, Inc.), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero.



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Broadcast program

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Lewis, Elma
Educational Talent Search Program (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans in the performing arts
Indigenous peoples
Aboriginal Australians--Ethnic identity
Civil rights
Sellers, Cleve
Universities and colleges
African Americans--Study and teaching
Council of Elders, Inc. (Boston, Mass.)
Curriculum planning
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Izzi, Steve (Audio Mixer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Our Aboriginal Brothers,” 08/05/1997, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Our Aboriginal Brothers.” 08/05/1997. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Our Aboriginal Brothers. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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