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Say Brother; Say Brother Presents Message to the People featuring Brown Sugar

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Say Brother
Say Brother Presents Message to the People featuring Brown Sugar
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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 two halves, the first a performance by the vocalist group Brown Sugar backed by the instrumental group Message to the People. The second offers a variety of segments focusing on political and social issues, including: the political career of Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher, the adoption of Black and interracial children by African American families (as facilitated by the Boston based organization Black Recruitment Committee for Adoption and Foster Care), a Say Brother editorial on abortion rights by professor and historian A.B. Spellman, "Access" (on tenant rights as per Boston law), and the "Community Calendar."

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Broadcast program

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African American singers
Civil rights
African American musicians
African American politicians
Abortion services--Law and legislation
Boston Art Ensemble
Brown Sugar (Musical group)
Black Recruitment Committee for Adoption and Foster Care
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
African Americans--Attitudes
Rental housing--Law and legislation
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
Hatcher, Richard
Message to the People (Musical group)
African American women
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Crane)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Lawson, Rick (Community Coordinator)
Farrier, Steve (Community Coordinator)
Holden, Dick (Community Coordinator)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Say Brother Presents Message to the People featuring Brown Sugar,” 04/23/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Say Brother Presents Message to the People featuring Brown Sugar.” 04/23/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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