by Morrie Turner
Morrie Turner created the "Wee Pals" comic strip in 1964. Appearing first in Ebony and Black World magazines, it soon became the first comic strip featuring a multiethnic cast of characters to appear in metropolitan daily newspapers. It was adapted into an animated television show called Kid Power in 1972. In Wee Pals Discover Black History, Turner has assembled a collection of "Wee Pals" strips designed to introduce young readers to black history.
Here are all the "Wee Pals" characters, including Nipper with his whiskered dog, General Lee, dancing Diz, basketball-loving Ralph. bespectacled Trinh, and Charlotte with her pet parrot perched on the handles of her wheelchair. They educate each other about the deeds of Martin and Coretta King, James Baldwin, Thurgood Marshall. Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, and many other well-known and lesser-known black Americans.
From Crispus Attucks, the first American killed by British soldiers in the War of Independence, to Naomi Anderson, a pioneer in the black woman's suffrage movement, to Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who risked her life as a spy during the Civil War, each story is told with Turner's trademark subtlety, sophistication.
Paperback: 62 pages