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Say Brother
Case of Justice, A
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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 is the first in a two-part series discussing the harsh sentencing of African Americans in the Massachusetts court system using the Paplo case, the Hakim Jamal case, and the Willie Saunders/Brighton rape case as studies in injustice. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with individuals involved with the cases, including Frank Neisser (Secretary to the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Mary Harris (mother of Edward Soares, one of the defendants in the Paplo case and member of Family and Friends of Prisoners and the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality ), Larry Gaines (Chairman of the Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality), Professor Alan Dershowitz (with Harvard Law School), Saundra Carney (Coordinator for Brown, Johnson, Clinkscales Support Committee), and Undrey Sanders (brother of Willie Sanders, who was arrested for the rapes in Brighton, and representative for the Willie Sanders Defense Committee). Program includes interview footage with Dinizula Kamau (Efrid Brown, Jr.) and Abdullah Khalil Sabree (both convicted in the Hakim Jamal case) from Say Brother's visit to the Walpole correctional facility and viewer calls related to the cases.

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Citywide Coalition for Justice and Equality
Gaines, Larry
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
African American prisoners--Massachusetts
Neisser, Frank
Sanders, Undrey
Sabree, Abdullah Khalil (William Johnson)
Harris, Mary
Carney, Saundra
Dershowitz, Alan M.
African American prisoners--Attitudes
Willie Sanders Defense Committee
Kamau, Dinizulu (Efrid Brown, Jr.)
Civil rights
Jamal, Hakim A., 1931-
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Davidson, Wendy (Assistant Cameraman)
Moore, Robert (Intern)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Pugliesi, Joe (Videotape Recordist)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Gray, Randolph (Camera)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
McKenna, Jim (Stage Manager)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Case of Justice, A,” 06/29/1979, GBH Archives, accessed May 28, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Case of Justice, A.” 06/29/1979. GBH Archives. Web. May 28, 2024. <>.
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