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Say Brother
Black Arts
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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

Host Jim Spruill leads a discussion among 17 Boston-based artists on what Black art is and to whom the Black artist speaks. Group assembled includes Orma Jo Flint, Steve Hussein, Hakim Jami, Bob Nellums, Joanne Robinson, Robert Ruff, Joanne Sanders, Ralf Coleman, Ali Yusef, Carolyn Fitchert, Charles Holley, Gary Rickson, Dana Chandler, Jr., Lovett Thompson, John Wilson, and Elma Lewis. Program includes stills of the work of featured painters and sculptors woven into the discussion, with featured performances by the musicians, dancers and poets.



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Ruff, Robert
Hussein, Steve
Fitchert, Carolyn
Ali Yusef Trio
Saunders, Andrea
Women in the performing arts
Yusef, Ali
Civil rights
African American artists--Massachusetts--Boston
Holley, Charles
Coleman, Ralf
Wilson, John
Robinson, Joanne
Nellums, Bob
African American arts
Negro Repertory Theatre
Artists--Social conditions
Chandler, Dana, Jr.
Jami, Hakim
Flint, Orma Jo
Thompson, Lovett
African American poets
African American musicians
African American women
Artists and community--Massachusetts--Boston
Rickson, Gary
Race and Ethnicity
Ferguson, Andrew (Associate Producer)
Lathan, Stan (Director)
Bright, Hazel V. (Associate Producer)
Lark, Tony (Associate Producer)
Ray Richardson (Producer)
Cabot, Ellen (Production Assistant)
Ferguson, Andrew (Audio)
Gomez, Jewelle (Production Assistant)
Spruill, Jim (Host)
Loerzel, David (Audio)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Rogers, Steve (Video)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Arts,” 06/13/1969, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Black Arts.” 06/13/1969. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Black Arts. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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