Little Known Black History Fact: Morrie Turner

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    At 89 years-old, Morrie Turner, who is first nationally syndicated African American cartoonist, is still making cartoons for the children of Sacramento. Turner sketched the first black comic strip called Wee Pals, which hit the newspapers of Chicago in 1965. Turner described his first comic strips as challenging – the papers were very strict on what he could and could not include in the illustration. Only five major newspapers published the strip. It wasn’t until the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that the comic strip was picked up and syndicated in over 100 newspapers nationwide.

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