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Say Brother
Ancient African Kingdoms
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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 related to African heritage, the first of which is an excerpt from a filmstrip on the fall of the Songhay Empire in West Africa by the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston. Additional segments include "Bookbeat," a "Spotlight" stage performance by actress Beah Richards, "Dealin’" with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, "Information" on traveling to Africa, and "Commentary" by Sarah-Ann Shaw on the lack of African history lessons in the American classroom.

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Broadcast program

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African American women
African Americans--Attitudes
Africa, West--History
Richards, Beah E.
Drummers (Musicians)
Musicians, Black
Afro Audiovisual Company (Boston, Mass.)
Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
African American actresses
Olatunji, Babatunde
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Topper Carew (Executive Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Burnett, Hayes (Music Coordinator)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Sound)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Music Coordinator)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Crippens, David (Host)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
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