Morris “Morrie” Turner, creator of Wee Pals, passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Sacramento. Turner was the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip. He was encouraged to create the diverse comic by his mentor Charles Schulz in 1965. Turner’s profiles of real life heroes and heroines in his Sunday strips became a 17 episode cartoon called Kid Power that ran for 17 episodes in 1972. He won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was 90 years old at the time of his passing.