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Say Brother; Educational Diversity: Merit or Opportunity


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Say Brother
Educational Diversity: Merit or Opportunity
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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

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In this studio discussion of educational diversity, the guests are Michael McLaughlin, a white lawyer who filed suit on behalf of his daughter who was denied admission to Boston Latin School because of racial quota, despite her qualifying test score; Mark White, co-counsel in the case; METCO director Jean McGuire, an advocate for diversity in education and former Boston School Committee member; and Michael Contompasis, headmaster of Boston Latin School. The prestigious school is at the center of a legal battle over access to education, forcing the city to rethink its admissions policy as it relates to educational opportunity and diversity and how best to achieve both.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Educational Diversity: Merit or Opportunity,” 10/10/1996, GBH Archives, accessed November 30, 2023,
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