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Say Brother
Invitation From Cuba
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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

Program focuses on the divided opinions of Boston's Cuban population regarding the recent meeting between Fidel Castro/the Cuban government and representatives of the Cuban population "in exile" to negotiate the release of 3600 political prisoners from Cuban jails, the reunification of Cuban families, and Cuba's invitation for exiles to visit Cuba. Host Sixto Escobar moderates a debate between members of the community on whether or not Cubans in the United States should negotiate with Castro. Journalists Ann Kerscheimer (of the Boston Globe's "Living" section and formerly of the Globe's "Latino Community Beat") and Ted Temple (publisher of the monthly newsletter The Citizen's Forum) field questions to the "anti-negotiation" team of Ricardo Austrich (a wholesaler of baked goods to the Latino community, a teacher with a Boston bilingual training program, and President of Facts About Cuba), Maria Quintana (assistant comptroller for a local commercial bank), and Olga J. Dummott (relocation specialist with Boston's Redevelopment Authority) and the "pro-negotiation team" of Dr. Emilio Carrillo (resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, member of the Committee of 75 and member of the Executive Committee of the Cuban American Committee for Normalization of Relations with Cuba), Professor Lourdes Casal (Professor of Social Psychology at Rutgers University, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Relations, and a Committee 75 member), and Mauricio Gaston (Masters Degree student in urban planning at MIT, member of Committee 75 and member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade).

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Quintana, Maria
Temple, Ted
Castro, Fidel, 1926-
Casal, Lourdes
Carrillo, Dr. Emilio
Antonio Maceo Brigade
Civil rights
Committee of 75
Cuba--Social conditions--1959-
Dummott, Olga J. Gaston, Mauricio
Kerscheimer, Ann
Austrich, Ricardo
Cuba--Foreign relations--1959-1990
United States--Relations--Cuba
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Rivera, George (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Koppel, Tiit (Assistant Cameraman)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Escobar, Sixto (Host)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Devitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Beres, Marc (Intern)
McKenna, Jim (Lighting Assistant)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Vigneaux, Steve (Audio)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Invitation From Cuba,” 04/20/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Invitation From Cuba.” 04/20/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
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