'Blast From the Past' with poet and playwright Amiri Baraka
'Blast from the Past' features an excerpt from a 1968 Say Brother interview with poet and playwright Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) at Tufts University. Baraka talks about the importance of African Americans trying to be Black as a means to raise themselves above the 'filth of easy accommodation in the white world.'
'Blast from the Past' with Chico Neblett
'Blast from the Past' features an excerpt from a Say Brother interview with Chico Neblett, a Boston Field Marshall for the Black Panther Party, who talks about institutional racism in the White Community and the need to be unified and to organize institutions in Black Communities.
'Blast From the Past' with actor Julian Mayfield
'Blast from the Past' features an excerpt from the 1969 interview with actor Julian Mayfield who talks about the breadth of artistic creativity and ability in the African American community, and the need to avoid straight jacketing this artistic ability into proscribed narrow disciplines.
Black Solidarity Day
Black Solidarity Day 1972. Program addresses a variety of topics via a magazine-format presentation. Host John Slade introduces the following segments: 'Performance' with rock/jazz musicians Compost, 'Community Events' with Black Solidarity Day organizers Joseph Nkunta, Marie Firman, Karim Atiba Bayete, and Arnold Scott, 'Speak Out!' with Jack E. Robinson, President of the Boston Chapter of the NAACP (who talks about the need for adequate police protection in African American neighborhoods and a
Feelings of exclusion from the political process in the African American Community. Program analyzes why African American candidates were unable to win appointment to either Boston's School Committee or City Council in the 1975 elections. Guest host James Rowe of WILD Radio News speaks with Clarence Dilday (attorney and unsuccessful candidate for City Council), John O'Bryant (Director of the Dimock Community Health Center and unsuccessful candidate for School Committee), Richard Taylor (John O'B
Arrival of students at West Roxbury High School
African American and white students exit from separate buses and join other students entering West Roxbury High School. US Marshals stand in front of the school. Robert Donahue (District Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) greets students as they enter the school. More buses drop off students at the school. Robert DiGrazia confers with officials and enters the school. A white teacher affectionately greets some African American students as they arrive at school. Donald Burgess (headmaster, Wes
Apartheid protesters at shantytown on Tufts campus
A panel of students addresses an audience of faculty members, students and other at Tufts University. A student speaks about the university's policy on divestiture from South Africa. The student calls on the Board of Trustees to divest completely from South Africa. Another student talks about the protesters' efforts to contact and negotiate with the university administration and Board of Trustees. A group of students hold a small meeting at a shantytown set up on the Tufts University campus. A l
Anonymous witnesses in Silver Shield rape case
David Boeri reports on the Silver Shield case. Boeri reviews the facts of the case and the allegations against the officers involved. Boeri's interview includes footage from an interview with Richard Armstead (Boston Police Department). Armstead talks about the case. Boeri notes that police officers William Dunn and William Kennefick were cleared of the allegations against them after a third investigation into the case by the Boston Police Department. Boeri's interview includes footage from a pr
Fritz Wetherbee reports that Annie Johnson (Boston resident) will receive the Living Legacy Award in Washington DC. Wetherbee reports that Johnson grew up in Boston and organized domestic workers through the Women's Service Clubs of Boston in the 1960s. Wetherbee notes that Johnson led the workers on a campaign for benefits. Wetherbee interviews Johnson in her home. Johnson talks about the importance of helping others. Johnson discusses her relative, Eleanor Graves Chandler, who was an early com
Ancient African Kingdoms
'Blast from the Past' with Jesse Jackson. Program focuses on the history of three of Africa's ancient kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. To accomplish this, Say Brother Producer Marita Rivero and her guest Musa Eubanks (of the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston) discuss and then introduce a filmstrip created by the Afro Audiovisual Company in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The program serves to illustrate that the liberation of African Americans from colonized thinking
Alvin Pouissant on the rise of Black on Black murders
Dr. Alvin Pouissant, Psychologist and Professor at Harvard University Medical School, talks to Leah Fletcher about the high rate of Black on Black murders and the social and psychological reasons behind these homicides.
Aggrey Mbere on life under Apartheid
Aggrey Mbere, a native South African and member of the Organization of South African Students, talks about the day to day struggles of Blacks in South Africa under apartheid.
African Meeting House is ready to open
Carmen Fields reports on the restoration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. Fields reports that the Meeting House is the oldest African American church in the nation and that it was gutted by fire in 1973. Fields interviews Philip Hart (Board of Directors, African Meeting House) and Ruth Batson (Director, African Meeting House) for the report. Hart talks about the significance of the Meeting House. Batson talks about plans for music, scholarly debate, and religious services at the Meet
African Americans in the paintings of Norman Rockwell
Carmen Fields reports that the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is commemorating Black History Month by exhibiting Norman Rockwell's work featuring African Americans. Fields interviews Maureen Hart Hennessey (curator, Rockwell Museum) about Rockwell's paintings depicting events in the civil rights movement, including The Problem We All Live With and Murder in Mississippi. Fields notes that Rockwell did these paintings for Look Magazine in the 1960s. Fields and Hennessey discuss the portrayal o
African Americans in the military
Carmen Fields interviews Frank Hector (World War II veteran) and Ralph Cooper (Vietnam veteran) about their experiences in the military. Hector talks about the accomplishments of African American soldiers and war veterans. Hector says that the military is a good experience for young African Americans. Cooper talks about the disproportionate numbers of African American soldiers in the front lines and the lack of services for veterans of color. Hector and Cooper talk about their opinions of Colin
African American studies programs
Carmen Fields reports on differing opinions of the African American studies program at Harvard University. Fields interviews Harvard professors Harvey Mansfield and Orlando Patterson. Mansfield says that conservative scholars are excluded from the African American studies program at Harvard. Mansfield adds that the program is too political and not concerned enough with the study of the African American experience. Mansfield calls African American studies an 'advocacy major' which promotes a cert
African American physicians
Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (pediatrician) examines a young Latina child in an examining room. The child cries and White-Hammond comforts her, speaking in English and in Spanish. White-Hammond speaks to the child's mother about treatments for the child. White-Hammond examines the child with a stethoscope. Callie Crossley interviews White-Hammond about a program designed to increase the number of African American physicians across the nation. White-Hammond says that medical schools lack the financia
Accusations against William Celester
David Boeri reports that William Celester (Deputy Superintendent, Boston Police Department) has been accused of sexual assault by a female employee of the Police Department. Boeri reviews the allegations. He notes that neither the department or Celester will comment on the ongoing investigation. Boeri interviews Rafe Kelly (St. John's Missionary Baptist Church). Kelly talks about the case from the victim's point of view. Boeri's report includes footage and photographs of Celester.
Australian aborigines visit Franklin ParkProgram focuses of the culture of Australian aborigines. Host David Crippens introduces Dighton Spooner's interview with Gulpilil (and other aborigines visiting Boston) on music, ceremonies, instruments, costuming, and the requirements for the cultural survival of Australia's aboriginal people. Interviews touch upon offers from European companies to purchase tribal lands, Australia's attempts to restore native culture, Australian rules governing 'mixed bl
Health Symposium: Dr. Fraser Mustard, Dr. Bruce Lanphear and Dr. Charlotte Waddell
Faculty of Health Sciences Health Symposium featuring the inaugural Dr. Cam Coady Foundation Lecture Series in Health Issues. Speakers: Dr. Fraser Mustard Dr. Cam Coady Foundation Lecturer The Canadian Leader about the socioeconomic determinants of human development and health. Founding President of the Canadian Institute for Advance Research (CIFAR). Head of the CIFAR Founder's network. "The Experience-based Brain and Human Development" Dr. Bruce Lanphear Professor of Children's Environment