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Morrie Turner, a native of Oakland, California, was the youngest of four children. His father, a pullman porter, and mother, a devout Christian, instilled in him the faith: faith in himself, faith in others, faith in his ability to be a comic strip artist. He began drawing cartoons in the fifth grade.

As a young man, he served a stint in the service during World War II, where he drew strips for military newspapers. Following his discharge, he juggled his comic strips with legal publications and work as a police clerk. Finally, in 1964, he wholeheartedly pursued his cartoon aspirations full-time, once again, relying on his faith. One life-changing honor was during the Vietnam War when he was one of six cartoonist asked by the National Cartoonist Society to go Vietnam. Morrie spent 27 days on the front lines and in hospitals drawing more than 3,000 caricatures of service people.

It had taken him 11 years to get a printing press and begin his journey with his "pals." In 1965 he created the WEE PALS comic strip. It was Morrie's intention to portray a world without prejudice, a world in which people's differences -- race, religion, gender and physical and mental ability -- are cherished, not scorned.

When WEE PALS was first created, bringing black characters to the comics’ pages was by no means an easy task. In 1965, only five major newspapers published the strip. It was not until 1968 and the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. that WEE PALS achieved nationwide acceptance. Within three months of Dr. King's death, WEE PALS was appearing in over 100 newspapers nationwide.

Despite all the things that could have embittered him, he is not; instead he still remains focused.

In addition to the "One" program, Morrie has contributed his time and talent to The American Library Association, American Lung Association, B'Nai Brith of Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, The California Police Activities League, Charles Houston Bar Association, City of Oakland, Contra Costa Literacy Alliance, East Oakland Youth Development Center, East Oakland Youth Development Center, March of Dimes, NAACP, Oakland A's Literary Program, Oakland Boys' Club, Oakland Police Activities League, Oakland Police Department, Oakland Rotary Club, Oakland St. Patrick's Day Parade, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Oakland/Berkley Summer Library program, St Augustan Episcopal Church, Sutter Health Volunteer Service Book, United Nations Day, Alameda County Committee, West Berkeley Health Center, to name a few.

Morrie's life is a journey of faith and determination against the odds of his time. How did a quiet black child survive and flourish through the hardships of the Great Depression, service in World War II, and the racial discrimination of the pre-Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. to become an award-winning cartoonist and philanthropist, whose contemporaries and mentors were some of the most recognizable artists of their time? … Through FAITH.