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Say Brother
Walter Leonard
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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

Program Description

Host Barbara Barrow interviews Walter Leonard, Special Assistant to the President and Affirmative Action Officer for Harvard University. Topics include Leonard’s participation in founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, his studies at Howard University Law School, his professional career, affirmative action and affirmative action programs, and reverse racism. Program includes the "Say Brother News" with anchors Justina Chu, Leah Fletcher, and Eric Sampedro.

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Broadcast program

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Affirmative action programs
Civil rights
Reverse discrimination in employment
African Americans in television broadcasting
African American college administrators
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Leonard, Walter
African American leadership--Massachusetts
Television broadcasting of news
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio Editor)
Lane, Dick (Camera)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Stage Manager)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Tomaselli, Robert (Lighting Assistant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Waters, Mitch (Assistant Stage Manager)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Assembly)
Wilson, Bon (Assistant Stage Manager)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
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