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Jackie Ormes (American cartoonist Celebrated on Google Doodle) Bio, Wiki, Age, Husband, Cause of Death

Jackie Ormes The first African American Cartoonist Celebrated by Google Doodle

Jackie Ormes Bio, Wiki

Jackie Ormes was an American cartoonist. She is known as the first African-American woman cartoonist and creator of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger panel. She was an American cartoonist and activist who is being celebrated as Google’s latest Doodle, according to the company.

The Pennsylvania native made a name for herself as the first and only Black female cartoonist of her time through her satirical cartoons and comic strips that “challenged the derogatory portrayals of Black female characters prevalent in the media” from the late 1930s to mid-1950s.

Jackie Ormes Google Doodle

Google unveiled the new logo illustration, by Philadelphia-based guest artist Liz Montague, on September 1st as a tribute to Ormes’ contributions toward stripping “away negative stereotypes one panel at a time.”

The colorful Doodle offers a portrayal of the timeline of Ormes’ life, “from her beginnings as a self-taught artist to a powerhouse cartoonist and humorist whose work continues to inspire,” Google said.

The doodle was also launched on the same day that Ormes’ “groundbreaking” single panel “Patty-Jo ’n’ Ginger” debuted in 1945 in the Pittsburgh Courier, the company added.

Jackie Ormes Age

She was born on August 1st, 1911, Pittsburgh, PA and died on December 26, 1985, Chicago, IL.

Jackie Ormes Husband

She married Earl Ormes, a hotel manager, in 1936 and the two lived a “happy marriage” and moved to Chicago in 1942.

Jackie Ormes Career

Ormes pursued a career as a proofreader and freelance reporter for the national Black newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier after high school. Her first comic strip in 1937, titled “Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem,” the company added.

The strip “reflected the more serious struggles of real people migrating from the South to the North to escape racism and find better opportunities,” Google wrote.  Her work went on to include “Candy” and “Patty-Jo ’n’ Ginger,” the release indicated.

According to the Google Doodle, The cartoonist often created storylines for her female characters inspired her own life experiences, including romantic heartbreak, environmental justice and gender inequality.

“Her characters were all independent women—confident, intelligent, attractive, and brave, who persevered against adversity to reach their next adventure,” the company wrote.

Although Ormes frequently tackled racial issues, she added environmental pollution — “particularly as it was occurring in black neighborhoods” — to her list in 1953, Kentake Page indicated.


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