CLINT C. WILSON, SR., [1914 - ],

PIONEER POLITICAL AND SPORTS CARTOONIST

 

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[Photo: Clint C. Wilson, Sr. Papers, Manuscript Division, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University]

     Clint C. Wilson, Sr.'s professional art career began in 1940 as cartoonist and illustrator for the San Antonio Register. Later moving to California, he eventually became an editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Sentinel, one of the largest Black-owned newspapers in the West. Today, Wilson, at the age of 85, still contributes regularly to the paper, tackling such issues as affirmative action, gang violence and police brutality with humor and satire.

     Over the years, Mr. Wilson has received numerous awards, including top honors from the National Newspapers Publishers Association. His political cartoon of President Lyndon B. Johnson is exhibited in the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. In 1989 he contributed a cartoon for auction by the National Press Club, with the proceeds going to journalism scholarships. Mr. Wilson was inducted into the Black Press Hall of Fame in Baltimore in 1990.

     In October 1990, Mr. Wilson donated his papers to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, repository of the Black Press Archives. The papers include more than 200 political and sports cartoons, correspondence, photographs and biographical material documenting a career spanning more than 50 years. His papers represent a unique area of documentation of the Black press because there are so few African American cartoonists. Also donated was his oral history interview conducted by his son, Clint C. Wilson II, Professor of Journalism at Howard University's School of Communications, and Guest Editor of this Black press issue.

 

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February 2000