M & M Smith: For Posterity's Sake

Twin artists Morgan and Marvin Smith's work documented the vibrant beauty of the Harlem Renaissance.

Premiere Date
February 1, 1997
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1996 National Educational Media Network-Silver Apple
  • Producer

    Heather Lyons

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    The Film

    Twin artists Morgan and Marvin Smith's work in photographs, paintings, and film documented the vibrant beauty of Harlem's Golden Age, influencing the world's perception of African-Americans. The images of M & M Smith captured the energy and emotion of Harlem in all its nuances: Lindy hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom, legendary performers like Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, street corner orators, boxer Joe Louis, demonstrations supporting the Anti-Lynching Bill, and Adam Clayton Powell's "Don't Buy Where You Can't Work" campaign. Narrated by Ruby Dee, and featuring Eartha Kitt.

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