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Say Brother Collection:

 

Selected short clips from the Say Brother archive.  The holdings of the Say Brother archives date back to 1968.  They document the evolution of a series and the African American experience.  For more Say Brother history check out:  http://openvault.wgbh.org/series/Say+Brother.

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Elma Lewis - 1975

Elma Lewis reads aloud from the poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Amiri Baraka at Tufts University - 1974

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Byron Rushing on Learning from Black Leaders of the Past

Museum of Afro-American History Director Byron Rushing on what we can learn from history.

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Elizabeth Cotton - 1973

 Legendary musician Elizabeth Cotton in the WGBH studios, 1973

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South Africa & The United Nations - 1972

Randall Robinson of the Southern African Relief fund talks about how the United Nations is not ratifying human rights, labor, and genocide treaties in suffering African countries.

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Boston Public Schools - 1974

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Equal Treatment for Native Americans - 1979

Attorney Ann Gilmore argues for Native Americans to be treated like any other underrepresented ethnic group. She supports the application of various laws to Native Americans and is against the unlawful seizure of their property.

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Nikki Giovanni: On Writing - 1975

 In a career that has spanned over 30 years, poet, professor and activist Nikki Giovanni is the author of 27 books, a Grammy nominee, and was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey's "25 Living Legends."  Giovanni is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

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Muhammad Ali - 1969

 Muhammad Ali speaks about his opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Elder Care in Boston - 1973

 Say Brother examines the need of Boston's elderly black population in this 1973 special edition.

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The Assassination of Amilcar Cabral - 1973

In this clip Gil Fernandes talks about the assassination of his former boss, Amilcar Cabral, leader of the Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde. more

Jesse Jackson on Voting - 1971

In this clip Jesse Jackson (who was interviewed by Say Brother in 1971), talks about the importance of voting. "I'm optimistic, but my optimism does not grow out of white people getting better--it grows out of black people becoming wiser. Because our change will come out of proportion to our power." more

Louis Farrakhan explains his conversion to Islam - 1973

In this clip Louis Farrakhan explains how he was converted from Christianity to Islam. "When we went to the white church, they would put us in the balcony. And I said, surely something is wrong with this teaching… One of my friends from Boston was visiting Chicago with the Annual Muslims Convention. And he asked me would I come along with him to hear the honorable Elijah Mohammed..." more

Black Solidarity Day - 1972

 Black Solidarity Day - Boston, 1972

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African Americans in Old Boston

Byron Rushing, director of the Museum of Afro-American History, explains the significance of Copps Hill Burial Ground to people of color.
 
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Black Men and Pro Basketball - 1975

Harvard Basketball coach Tom “Satch” Sanders discusses the mobility of black basketball players to management and coaching positions on national teams, and the obstacles that prevent them from moving from management to ownership.

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Eartha Kitt - 1979

Vocalist and actress Eartha Kitt talks about her childhood and feeling "unwanted" as a multiracial child. more

Celebrating Kwanzaa - 1974

In this clip Brother Imara, a woman, and several children go over the meaning of different aspects of Kwanzaa. more

Divisions in the Black Communty - 1974

"Young blacks are not allowing for the differences of opinions and feelings within the black community. And this has come about because of the divisiveness that white people have thrown into the black community." more

Bobby Seale on Malcolm X - 1974

Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale on Malcolm X.
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Miriam Makeba on being Mrs. Stokely Carmichael - 1971

Miriam Makeba talks about her marriage to Stokely Carmichael.
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African Americans on Television - 1972

In this excerpt from a 1972 interview with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks, he talks about black people on television.
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Excerpt From "In the Matter of Levi Hart" (Beth Deare, Producer, Say Brother)

Basic Black mourns the loss of Say Brother producer Beth Deare who lost her life in a fire on February 21, 2011.   We celebrate her stong and enduring legacy to Boston’s black communities, to public media, and to the filmmakers she taught and championed.  The above clip from the Emmy Award-winning program In the Matter of Levi Hart about the death of 14-year-old Levi Hart who was shot by the Boston police in 1981. more

Racism in the Feminist Movement - 1976

Flo Kennedy is interviewed about racism in the feminist community.
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The Legitimacy of Kwanzaa - 1973

In this clip Brother Imara defends the legitimacy of Kwanzaa. "Some blacks feel that that's so strange, that someone could sit down and write a set of principles, and that these principles should be followed. By what authority should he write them? They forget that in almost any great epoch of our society somebody sets up a set of principles that happen to catch on with the people. And the symbols wouldn't catch if they weren't real." more

A performance from the original play "For Colored Girls ..."

An excerpt from For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enough which was performed at WGBH in December 1977.  The choreopoem was wriiten by award-winning poet and playwright Ntozake Shange.  The performer is Barbara Alston.
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School Shootings - 1979

Barbara Barrow-Murray questions the motives behind the shooting of Darryl Williams at Jamaica Plain High School and a student supports her belief that it was racially-motivated. more

Immigrants are Considered Outsiders - 1978

Raffael De Gruttala, Director of Bilingual Education in Boston, talks about how immigrants who do not learn the English language are considered outsiders and have to be satisfied with low-paying jobs.

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Riots & the Birth of Black Television

 

How the riots following the death of Martin Luther King gave birth to black television.
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The Power of Boycotts - 1973

In this clip Owusu Sadaukai, National Chairman of the African Liberation Committee, is listing the ways people can aid the liberation struggles in Africa.
 

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Black Culture & Mass Media - 1976

Black Culture and the influence of the mainstream media in 1976.

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Blacks and Basketball - 1975

Harvard Basketball coach Tom “Satch” Sanders sits at a picnic table by a busy neighborhood basketball court. He discusses the mobility of black basketball players to management and coaching positions on national teams, but greater black involvement in sports is stymied by financial strain, preventing the move from management to ownership.
 

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The Indignity of Apartheid - 1973

In this clip Aggrey Mbere, a South African, explains what conditions are like in his country.
 

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Students Speak Out 1969

From 1969:  In this clip a Brandeis student talks about the recent confrontation at the college as a symbol of the black people’s demand for power in an environment that influences their lives. He says the students have come to realize that their fathers and grandfathers lived in a country that did not allow them to be men. And they are demanding the right to be men and they are willing to die.

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Growing Old - 1974

Pearl M. Johnson, an 89-year-old woman in a wheelchair shows snapshots to the camera and talks about her experiences in the nursing home. "If I had this job, I'd be more sympathetic."

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Dance Theatre of Boston - 1974

In this clip choreographer and musical director Billy Wilson talks about his plans for the Dance Theatre of Boston.

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Byron Rushing on Learning from Black Leaders of the Past

Museum of Afro-American History Director Byron Rushing on what we can learn from history.

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African Americans in Old Boston

Byron Rushing, director of the Museum of Afro-American History, explains the significance of Copps Hill Burial Ground to people of color.
 
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Say Brother On Health: Alcoholism & Treatment - 1974

Howard Hughes, director of the Dimock Community Health Center's alcoholism program, talks about fighting with the state for detoxification centers dedicated to minorities.

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Babatunde Olatunji, African Drummer - 1975

Babatunde Olatunji, renowned African drummer on the danger of stereotypes.

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Equal Treatment for Native Americans - 1979

Attorney Ann Gilmore argues for Native Americans to be treated like any other underrepresented ethnic group. She supports the application of various laws to Native Americans and is against the unlawful seizure of their property.

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President Nixon Gets Pardoned - 1974

"The Word"  Commentary by professor and historian, A.B. Spellman on the pardoning of President Richard Nixon in 1974.  "Here is a man who tried to rip off the entire country, who mugged history..."

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Jean McGuire: Activist for Equal Education and Quality Teachers- 1968

Jean McGuire has always been in the vanguard of advocating quality education for Boston's children of color.  Dr. McGuire is currently the Executive Director of METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity)

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Power is... a college education - 1969

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African Liberation Day, Washington, DC - 1975

African Liberation Day was celebrated in Washington DC in 1975.  One of the members of the steering committee describes the media as biased in its coverage of the event.

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Sarah-Ann Shaw on Black Reporters - 1977

Sarah-Ann Shaw in a discussion of the recent advances made by and limitations imposed on black journalists.

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The NAACP and the Boston Public Schools - 1977

Leah Fletcher reports that the NAACP is pleased with the Boston school superintendent's efforts to improve the "separate but equal" education system in Boston.

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Use Your Vote - 1976

"I think that blacks have been alienated… Getting people excited I think is a test of the democratic system."  Dr. Ronald Walters, 1976.

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Black Men Go to War, White Men Go to College - 1970

A man talks about the disparities between white and black men's experience attending college and serving in the military.

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Black Panther Field Marshall Chico Neblett - 1975

Chico Neblett, a field marshall in the Black Panther Party, talks about how to achieve victory.

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White Artists and Stealing Black Ideas - 1969

A provocative commentary on the plagiarism of black artists' work.

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Boston Schools' Funding Cut - 1975

Basic Black reports on Boston public schools in 1975.

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The Cost of Living - 1974

Shopping for a family on a budget... just as much a challenge then as now.

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Julian Bond: Historical Minute - 1975

Former Georgia State Representative Julian Bond provided "Historical Minute" commentary for many episodes of Say Brother.

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A Vietnam Veteran - 1975

 Al Gasden, Vietnam Veteran gives Say Brother an interview in 1975.

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Amiri Baraka at Tufts University - 1974

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Boston Public Schools - 1974

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Elder Care in Boston - 1973

 Say Brother examines the need of Boston's elderly black population in this 1973 special edition.

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Elections - 1972

Activists discuss voting irregularities in the 1972 presidential election which was won by Richard Nixon.

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Elizabeth Cotton - 1973

 Legendary musician Elizabeth Cotton in the WGBH studios, 1973

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Elma Lewis - 1975

Elma Lewis reads aloud from the poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

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Imperialism in Africa - 1973

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Joseph Nelson, Local Historian - 1975

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Melnea Cass, Boston Icon - 1974

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Melvin Van Peebles - 1974

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Parents & Public Schools - 1975

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Rep. Andrew Young - 1973

 Black political participation in Boston.

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State Senator Bill Owens - 1974

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The "Psychology" of Runaway Slaves... - 1974

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