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Say Brother
Black Women and the E.R.A.
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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 focuses on the proposed Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Massachusetts that will make discrimination regardless of sex, race, creed or religion, illegal. Host Leah Fletcher focuses on the amendment as it relates to minority women via five interview sessions: the first with Gracia Hillman (administrative aide to the legislature's Black caucus) and Ted Landsmark (Executive Director of the Contractor's Association of Boston); the second with Flo Kennedy (lawyer, feminist, and founder of the National Feminist Party in New York); the third with activists Kay Gibbs, Marcella Hubbard, and Thelma Watson; the fourth with Frieda Garcia (activist in the Spanish-speaking community in Boston); and the fifth with select individuals from previous segments (Gibbs, Kennedy, Watson, and Hubbard). All discuss whether the combined effects of affirmative action and the amendment bring about a competition between minority women and white men, how the ERA will benefit minority women, how the ERA will affect family law (alimony, child custody, etc.), racism in the feminist movement, the need for a meaningful examination of oppression, priorities, and objectives in the feminist community, the input minority women have had in the feminist movement and in legislation, and the impact of the amendment, should it pass, on Hispanic women. Program includes the "Community Calendar."



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Broadcast program

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Women's rights
Sex discrimination against women
Landsmark, Ted
African American women
Civil rights
Affirmative action programs--Law and legislation
Hubbard, Marcella
Watson, Thelma
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
Equal rights amendments--Massachusetts
Garcia, Frieda
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Gibbs, Kay
Kennedy, Florynce, 1916-2000
Hillman, Gracia
Race and Ethnicity
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Fletcher, Leah (Host)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Kane, Pat (Video)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
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