Turner was inspired by Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts cartoon. Schultz encouraged him to create the Wee Pals strip. It became the first cartoon with a diverse cast in the United States.
Morrie Turner has been recognized by numerous organizations. He received the “Sparky Award,” which was developed in honor of his mentor Charles Schultz. He has also received recognition from the American Red Cross, the NAACP, the Boys and Girls Club, the B’Nai Brith Humanitarian Award, California Educators Award and the National Cartoonist Society.
“Keeping the Faith with Morrie”, a documentary produced by Angel Harper, is a 30-minute production of the life and work of Morris “Morrie” Turner.
Little Known Black History Fact: Morris ‘Morrie’ Turner was originally published on blackamericaweb.com