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Morrie Turner

In 1965, Morrie Turner created Wee Pals, the first nationally syndicated racially-integrated comic strip. Initially, few newspapers were interested in a racially-integrated cartoon. After the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there was a sudden interest in racial integration and as a result, 100 newspapers published Wee Pals.

Today, Turner also creates works that provide commentary on political and social issues. On Sundays, he includes a panel called Soul Corner that illustrates the accomplishment of an eminent person of color.

Since 1968, both Turner and Wee Pals have received several awards. Wee Pals received the B'Nai Brith Humanitarian Award and the Cartoonists Society's prestigious The Brotherhood Award. In addition, Turner received the Anti-Defamation League's Humanitarian Award and the Cartoonists Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Turner's retrospective will be curated by Kheven LaGrone. Mr. LaGrone has curated previous AfroSolo exhibits, as well as BABA: Black Artists' Expressions of Father and ASPIRE! Black Teen Artists' Interpretations of Success that exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Richmond (CA) and Atlanta.



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