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Say Brother; A.L.D. (African Liberation Day)

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Say Brother
A.L.D. (African Liberation Day)
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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 examines the continued role of African Liberation Day in the lives of African Americans. Host Marita Rivero interviews African Liberation Day Steering Committee members Ethel and Frank Shefton to discuss both the 1972 African Liberation Day March and the upcoming one scheduled for 1975. Additionally, the program includes a section of Say Brother filmmaker Henry Johnson’s film documenting the 1972 March, followed by an in-studio interview with Johnson. (Johnson made the film with the assistance of other Say Brother staffers for Say Brother. It features footage of Cecil Braithwaite, Doug Moore, Charles Diggs, Elaine Brown, Amiri Baraka, and Owusu Sadaukai). Additional segments include "The Word" (with professor and historian A.B. Spellman on the changing roles of African American men and women), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero on resistance to social change. Original air date estimated.

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Broadcast program

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African Americans--Attitudes
Johnson, Henry
Shefton, Frank
Sadaukai, Owusu
Moore, Doug
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
Diggs, Charles
Shefton, Ethel
African Liberation Day - Washington, DC (1972)
African Liberation Day (1972 : Washington, D.C.)
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
African American motion picture producers and directors
African Liberation Day Steering Committee (Boston, Mass.)
Braithwaite, Cecil
Civil rights
African Americans in motion pictures
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Farrier, Steve (Community Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Lawson, Rick (Community Coordinator)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; A.L.D. (African Liberation Day),” 05/19/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; A.L.D. (African Liberation Day).” 05/19/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; A.L.D. (African Liberation Day). Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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