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Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote

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Say Brother
Value of the Black Vote
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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 value of the Black voter and the role African Americans play in the national political system. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray and co-host Karen Holmes speak with attorney Fletcher "Flash" Wiley (a registered Independent with the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), attorney Ed Redd (a member of the Black Republican Caucus), and Representative Raymond Jordan (Democrat with the Massachusetts Black Caucus) about the value of the African American voter in the political system, why there is so much voter apathy, what the parties have to do to ensure they get and keep the Black vote, why African Americans tend to vote locally for the "person" but nationally for a "party," how the abolishment of the electoral college would affect the Black vote, and what each of the parties would need to do to either get or keep votes. Program includes excerpts from Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech on April 18, 1978, at the Middlesex Republican Club's 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner, an interview with Jackson conducted by Karen Holmes at the dinner, and brief interviews with Madison Denniston, John "Moe" Robinson, and attorney Clarence Elam on what the Republican Party has to offer African Americans.



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Broadcast program

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Wiley, Fletcher
African American politicians
Jordan, Raymond
Elam, Clarence
Robinson, John
Middlesex Republican Club - 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner (1978)
African Americans--Politics and government
Redd, Edward R.
Political parties
Civil rights
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Denniston, Madison
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Holmes, Karen (Host)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Johnson, Bill (Audio)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote,” 05/17/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote.” 05/17/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Value of the Black Vote. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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