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Say Brother
Kwanzaa Special
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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 explores the harvest festival Kwanzaa, an African and Mid-Eastern holiday now celebrated by African Americans as a way of identifying with their African heritage. To accomplish this, the dance and drumming company The Art of Black Dance and Music, under the guidance of Artistic Director DiAma Battle, performs harvest dances from Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal, and explain the seven principles of Kwanzaa (one for each day of celebration). Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with DiAma about the difference between African and African American celebrations of Kwanzaa, the meaning of the seven principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith), how these principles are celebrated, and how more African Americans are celebrating both Kwanzaa and Christmas. The majority of the program consists of performances.



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Broadcast program

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Art of Black Dance and Music, The
African American dance
African American women
Battle, DiAma
African Americans in the performing arts
Race and Ethnicity
Himes, Eric (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Chigas, Basil (Technical Production)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Rosenthal, Iris (Camera)
Gisser, Michelle (Technical Production)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Editor)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Correia, Dennis (Videotape Editor)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Kwanzaa Special,” 12/27/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Kwanzaa Special.” 12/27/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Kwanzaa Special. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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