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Say Brother; Gambia, The, part II

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Say Brother
Gambia, The, part II
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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 Gambian Cultural Mission to the United States in 1977, a product of the massive popularity and interest in Alex Haley's book and television miniseries Roots. The first half of the program consists of a rebroadcast of "The Gambia," a program for WGBH's Cultural Affairs Department that originally aired on September 1, 1978. The second consists of a film acquired for broadcast from United Nations Television (Medicine Man). "The Gambia" focuses on three members of the Gambian Cultural Mission who met with Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to discuss their participation: Siam Kinte (cousin of Alex Haley and a Gambian), Dr. Lenri Peters (medical doctor, Chairman of the Monuments and Relics Commission of Gambia and head of the cultural delegation to the United States), and Bakari Sidebi (Head of the Cultural Archives in Gambia and archivist who helped Haley with his genealogy). Medicine Man documents the medical practice of Dr. Peters and his integration of Western medicine with African tribal medicine.



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Broadcast program

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Haley, Alex
Roots (Television program)
Peters, Dr. Lenri
Kinte, Saim
Medicine Man (Motion picture)
Gambian Americans
Gambia, The (Motion picture)
Gambian Cultural Mission to the United States (1977)
Lewis, Elma
Sidebe, Bakari
Television broadcasting of films
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Senghor, Mustapha (Researcher)
Johnson, Bill (Audio)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Jackson, Bill (Assistant Cameraman)
Lewis, Elma (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Film Editor)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Moore, Robert (Intern)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Assembly)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Carter, Masamba (Audio Engineer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Assembly)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Lou Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Vigneaux, Steve (Audio)
Bartlett, Dick (Film Sound)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Devitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Gambia, The, part II,” 06/21/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Gambia, The, part II.” 06/21/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Gambia, The, part II. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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