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Morrie Turner
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    (December 11, 1923-January 25, 2014)
    Born in Oakland, California
    Created the comic strip 'Wee Pals' (1965)
    Strip was animated as 'Kid Power' by Rankin-Bass (1972-73)
    Received the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society (2003)
    While in the army, he was almost court martialed for falling asleep at his post.
    His initial strip 'Dinky Folks' was an all-black version of 'Peanuts': 'I used to complain about comics being all white, then I saw that mine was all black.'
    'Wee Pals' went from running in six newspapers before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., to over 100 after, prompting Turner to say that 'guilt' made the strip a success.
    At its most saccharine, his strip comes off as an integrated 'Family Circus.'
    He got his training in cartooning via a home study course.
    He was the first black cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip.
    His strip was described as 'multicultural before multiculturalism was cool.'
    He was co-chair of the White House Conference on Youth (1970).
    He lost about a third of his original artwork in a fire at his home.
    He said, 'You make 'em laugh, then you make 'em think. They might even change their mind.'

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