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Say Brother; Spikes to Spindles

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Say Brother
Spikes to Spindles
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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

Say Brother film presentation of the second half of From Spikes to Spindles, a 1975 film about the struggle of Chinese immigrants in major urban areas of the United States to adapt socially and economically to America (as well as to gain responsiveness to their needs as citizens). Program includes an excerpt from a previously aired interview conducted by Barbara Barrow with Chinese Economic Development Council (CEDC) executives William Leong (Executive Director) and Joseph Chow (Director of Program Development), who discuss getting Chinese Americans into the mainstream of American business and about the training the Council offers.



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Broadcast program

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Civil rights
Chinese Economic Development Council (Boston, Mass.)
Chinese Americans--Massachusetts--Boston
Chinese American businesspeople--Massachusetts
Immigrants--Chinese--United States
Chow, Joseph
Chinese Americans
Leong, William
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Spikes to Spindles,” 03/18/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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