10 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(25.40 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

Portrait of Mary Perry Smith wearing large hornrimmed glasses, looking directly at the viewer, smiling, her hands clasped under her chin. She is wearing a jacket over a floral-print blouse and a wrist watch with a metalic band. On verso is the photographer's stamp, "Oakland Tribune Photo" & "Matthew J. Lee," as well as the date stamp, "Feb 13 1991." Below that, in blue ballpoint pen, is the notation, "Mary Smith President of Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame."

A cursory search of the internet turns up various references of -- generally quotations by -- "Mary Smith, founder of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame," Mary Perry Smith is an active member of the Women's Board of the Oakland Museum of California. Wikipedia entry (05/15/2009): The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Inc. (BFHFI), was founded in 1973, Oakland, California. It supports and promotes black filmmaking, and preserves the contributions by African American artists both before and behind the camera. It also sponsors advance screenings of films by and about people of African descent and hosts the Oscar Micheaux Award, held each February in Oakland.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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