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In 1965, Morrie Turner 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 King’s death, the strip was appearing in over 100 newspapers nationwide.