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Say Brother
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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 consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including a Barbara Barrow interview with actors Paula Larke and Barbara Alston about their current performances in a production of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf, three performances from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf (two by Paula Larke, one by Barbara Alston); an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on whether or not Third World women should participate in the women's movement (with debaters Brenda Verner (a media analyst) and Michele Wallace (lecturer at New York University), and panelists Leah Fletcher (reporter for the Boston Herald American) and freelance writer Jan Gadson), and the "Say Brother News" with Leah Fletcher, Sonny Joe White, Eric Sampedro, and Milly Kiung. Fletcher's report features an interview with sociologist Joyce Ladner, who recently spoke at Boston University about the Black family; White's report features an interview with jazz musician Dexter Gordon.

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Broadcast program

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf (Theatrical production)
African American singers
Ladner, Joyce
Tri-City Mental Health Center (Malden, Mass.)
Kirk, Roland
Gadson, Jan
Civil rights
African Americans in television broadcasting
African American musicians
African American journalists
African American sociologists
Fletcher, Leah
Television broadcasting of news
Gutierrez, Fernando
African American women
Larke, Paula
Women's rights
Gordon, Dexter
African American actresses
Alston, Barbara
Wallace, Michele
Verner, Brenda
Equal rights amendments--Massachusetts
African American theater
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Himes, Eric (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Waters, Mitch (Lighting Assistant)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Kiung, Milly (Reporter)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Tomaselli, Robert (Camera)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
McGonagle, Richard (Camera Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Women,” 12/09/1977, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Women.” 12/09/1977. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Women. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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