In mid-twentieth century America, an era when there were few opportunities for women in general, and even fewer for African American women, illustrator Jackie Ormes blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist (Torchy Brown, Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger) with the major black newspapers of her day. A member of Chicago’s Black elite, Ormes social circle included leading political figures and entertainers. Her progressive politics were apparent in her work, and eventually led to her investigation by the FBI. Included in this fascinating biography is a generous selection of Ormes’s illustrations, touching upon many of the major political issues of her time, including segregation, Cold War politics, education equality, and the atom bomb. (karenb)
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