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Say Brother
Changing Face of Chinatown, The
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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 recent physical developments occurring within and around Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, namely the construction of the Tufts-New England Medical Center, Lafayette Place, and Park Plaza. Say Brother researcher Eileen Yang speaks with Jane Leung (of the Boston Chinese YES), Peter Chan (manager, Little City Hall), May Ling Tong (of the Chinese Economic Development Council), Alice Boelter (of the Boston Redevelopment Authority), Jim Yee (of Quincy Community Council), and Thomas Murnane (Vice-President, Tufts University) about their perspectives on the pending construction, how it will affect the growth of Chinatown, and whether or not it will negatively impact the community. All interviews shot on location. Considered a one-hour documentary special.



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Chan, Peter
Moy, Ruth
Yee, Jim
Leung, Jane
Boelter, Alice
Tong, May Ling
Chinese Economic Development Council (Boston, Mass.)
Civil rights
Lafayette Place (Boston, Mass.)
Quincy Community Council
Boston Chinese YES
Park Plaza (Boston, Mass.)
Golden Age Center
Tufts University
Urban renewal
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Murnane, Thomas
Race and Ethnicity
Rivera, George (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Yang, Eileen (Producer)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Yang, Eileen (Host)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Changing Face of Chinatown, The,” 11/27/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Changing Face of Chinatown, The.” 11/27/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Changing Face of Chinatown, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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