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Say Brother
Black Woman
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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 numerous segments illustrating the views of black women on life, love and marriage, as well as how black men perceive black women. The two longest segments of the program feature a conversation with photographer Chester Higgins, Jr. about his new book of photographs, "Black Woman," and a discussion lead by Associate Producer Vickie Jones whose focus is traditional marriage versus polygamy. Additional segments include female vocalist, modern dance and poetry performances; a brief "Information" segment on prominent black women in Boston (Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc., Doris Bunte, Massachusetts State Representative, and Josephine Holley, founder of Le Parisienne Beauty Salon), two short film segments (one of Malcolm X talking about women), and two interviews with elderly black women from Boston talking about education and employment as it was when they were in their twenties.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


African Americans in motion pictures
Bunte, Doris
Fabio, Sarah
Civil rights
Fletcher, Leah
Black Woman (Publication)
Photography of women
Holley, Josephine
Mizell, Don
African American politicians
African American women
African American dance
African American photographers
Roundtree, Imogene
Davis, Tony
Higgins, Chester, Jr.
Lewis, Rebecca
Lewis, Elma
Oral interpretation of poetry
Race and Ethnicity
Tillman, Russell (Director)
John Slade (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Davis, Tony (Assistant To The Producer)
McSorley, Tom (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Wareham, Skip (Cameraman)
Miller, Bea (Host)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Wilson, Bob (Cameraman)
Freeman, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Koppel, Tiit (Cameraman)
Jones, Vickie (Host)
Stockton, Reed (Floor Manager)
Rogers, Steve (Video)
Floyd, Mike (Floor Manager)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Production Assistant)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Sound)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Ellis, Barbara (Assistant To The Producer)
Deans, Donna (Assistant To The Producer)
Stein, Bennett (Graphics)
DeBarger, David (Floor Manager)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Woman,” 03/27/1973, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Black Woman.” 03/27/1973. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Black Woman. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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