By Marco Frazier Library Assistant,
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
This week marks the anniversary of legendary cartoonist Morrie Turners launch of Wee Pals. The son of a Pullman Porter, Morris Turner, was born in Oakland, California on December 11, 1923. A product of the Oakland schools system he attended Cole Elementary and McClymonds High School before completing his studies at Berkeley High School. Turner spent his entire career as the syndicated cartoonist of the WeePals, a multiethnic cartoon strip.
Early Experiment with Drawing
Turner began drawing at the age of 10 as a means of communication. With no TV, and paper from the local butcher shop, he would listen to shows and plays on the radio and draw what he heard. By age 14 he decided he wanted to be a cartoonist. His father was not happy with his desired profession as it was not