Hear Assemblymember Bonta’s memorial to Turner in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) -- California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) rose on the Floor of the Assembly to adjourn in memory of cartoonist, Morris "Morrie" Turner. Born and raised in Oakland, Morrie Turner created Wee Pals in 1965 - a groundbreaking comic strip that reflected his own racially and ethnically diverse upbringing in Oakland. Each week, readers would bear witness to his unique ability to address racial and social justice issues with a playful and lighthearted finesse. Turner was the first African American cartoonist to have a nationally syndicated comic and will have a long-lasting impact on California through his insightful teachings of tolerance and acceptance.