M & M Smith: For Posterity's Sake

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

PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
February 1, 1997
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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  • 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.