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Say Brother
Native American Foster Care
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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 foster care in Massachusetts with an emphasis on the proper placement of Native American children. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with guests Pam Colorado (a social worker and Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis), Kevin Brown (a Child Welfare Development Specialist for the Department of Public Welfare, Boston), Linda Lappen (a Co-supervisor for the Home Finding Unit of Boston's Welfare Department), and Suzanne Letendre (Director of the Foster Care Program at the Boston Indian Council) to discuss if it matters if a child is not placed within their family unit, if there a need for placement within a family of the same cultural background as the child's, the process by which children are placed with families, if relatives or foster families of the same ethnic background are always considered first, the problems facing Native Americans in terms of developing foster care programs, and whether or not the inability to place a child with the same ethnic group threatens the survival of a culture as a whole. Program includes previously filmed interviews with each of the guests, as well as Native American young adults who were raised by non-Native American families. Program includes a "Third World Connection" segment (in which theories related to the original inhabitants of North America are discussed) and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Barrow-Murray to assess whether or not the "average" person feels it is a problem when minority children are adopted by white families.



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Brown, Kevin
Indians of North America--Massachusetts
Interracial adoption
Foster home care--Massachusetts--Boston
Civil rights
Lappen, Linda
African Americans--Attitudes
United States. Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978
Letendre, Suzanne
Boston Indian Council (Boston, Mass.)
Boston (Mass.). Public Welfare Dept.
Indigenous peoples
Colorado, Pam
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Chigas, Bail (Assistant Cameraman)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Buccheru, Ron (Switcher)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Harrison, Rich (Video)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Native American Foster Care,” 03/30/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Native American Foster Care.” 03/30/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Native American Foster Care. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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