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Say Brother; Violence on Women

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Say Brother
Violence on Women
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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 sexual victimization, harassment, and abuse of women. Program stems from a series of brutal rapes and murders perpetrated against women in Boston that generated a storm of public protest and the women's rally that followed. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with guests Evelyn Lee, Consuelo Gonzalez-Thornell, Renee Harriston, Ledith Lugo, Renae Scott (who works in the Say Brother office), and Barbara Bullette, about how women are changing their attitudes about themselves, and how that attitude change can be a determining factor when they ever become victims of violence. Topics include rape, verbal and physical abuse (including spousal), reactions to abuse from the police, and self protection. Includes viewer calls, footage of the "Take Back the Night March" in Boston, August 1979, and a short segment titled "Something Personal" by Nancy Porter of WGBH TV (in which a rape victim is interviewed by a counselor).

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Broadcast program

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Family violence
Take Back the Night (Organization)
Sexual harassment of women
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Porter, Nancy (Director Program Segment)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Morales, Carmen (Production Secretary)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
LeCain, Larry (Switcher)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Assistant Cameraman)
Pugliesi, Joe (Videotape Recordist)
Melendez, Celenia (Intern)
McKenna, Jim (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
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