Pioneering African American Cartoonists

During the segregated years of the 1900 through 1960s America, the Black Press offered comic strips that featured African American heroes & heroines in a wide variety of life situations. These characters were not confined to gritty ‘inner-city’ stories, poor ‘ghetto’ life or as one dimensional comic relief as today .

Just as the ‘mainstream’ carried illustrated sports features, the Black press also had sports graphic. Often the illustrations were created by a staff artist, but there were those who specialized in this art form & were syndicated nationally.


Often unmentioned in most comic histories as if it were of no consequence, is the work of over a dozen cartoonists & the sports features they produced.

Here is your opportunity to not only see what as done, but learn a bit about the artist who created it.

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