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Say Brother; Black Solidarity Day

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Say Brother
Black Solidarity Day
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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 addresses a variety of topics via a magazine-format presentation. Host John Slade introduces the following segments: "Performance" with rock/jazz musicians Compost, "Community Events" with Black Solidarity Day organizers Joseph Nkunta, Marie Firman, Karim Atiba Bayete, and Arnold Scott, "Speak Out!" with Jack E. Robinson, President of the Boston Chapter of the NAACP (who talks about the need for adequate police protection in African American neighborhoods and a responsive police force), "man on the street" interviews, in which Slade asks people whether or not they would like an African American officer to command their neighborhood's police district, a "Save Our Cities Expo" review with Melvin Penn (a university student who interviews organizer Reverend Dr. Virgil Wood, Area Chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), and "African Notes," in which the building of the Volta Dam in Ghana is discussed. Program ushers in a new format that incorporates the interviews and expertise of community members.

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Broadcast program

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Africa in motion pictures
African Americans--Attitudes
Civil rights
Wood, Dr. Virgil
African American musicians
Police--Complaints against
Black Expo (1972 : Boston, Mass.)
Firman, Marie
Nkunta, Joesph
Robinson, Jack E.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Williams, Elinor
Scott, Arnold
Black Solidarity Day (19 May 1972 : Boston, Mass.)
Bayete, Karim Atiba
Race and Ethnicity
Slade, John (Producer)
Davis, Silas (Associate Producer)
Tillman, Russell (Director)
John Slade (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Production Assistant)
Roy Campanella, Jr. (filmmaker) (Other)
Penn, Melvin (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Slade, John (Host)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Black Solidarity Day,” 06/15/1972, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Black Solidarity Day.” 06/15/1972. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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