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Say Brother; African Derivations

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Say Brother
African Derivations
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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

Mario Valdes, a historian, producer, and writer, formerly with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Film Board, and the research staff of Say Brother, presents a compilation of segments he prepared between 1976 and 1978 for Say Brother's "Third World Connection" series. Valdes introduces and enriches the content presented in these original segments, which focuses on the genealogical impact and cultural contributions that Africa made to ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Middle Eastern civilizations. Program narrated over photographs of historical prints, paintings, sculpture, and maps with in-studio commentary by Valdes.

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Broadcast program

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Middle East--Civilization
Valdes, Mario
Europe--Civilization--African influences
Civilization, Western--African influences
Greece--Civilization--African influences
Asia--Civilization--African influences
Rome--Civilization--African influences
Race and Ethnicity
Himes, Eric (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
de Valdes y Cocom, Mario (Producer)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Valdes, Mario (Host)
Buccheri, Ron (Stage Manager)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; African Derivations,” 11/16/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; African Derivations.” 11/16/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; African Derivations. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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