Morrie Turner was one of the few African-American comic artists of his generation. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Turner did a correspondence course in cartoonig from Art Instruction Inc. He made his debut while serving as a mechanic during World War II. His illustrations appeared in Stars and Stripes, the magazine of the US Air Force. After the War, he started working for the Oakland police. At the same time, he created the comic 'Baker's Helper'. His next creation was 'Dinky Fellas', a strip with an all-black cast, that was published in the Chicago Defender.
In 1965, Turner transformed 'Dinky Fellas' into his most famous series, 'Wee Pals', about a group of children from various cultural backgrounds. The strip was a big success and has been syndicated by several syndicates, including Lew Little Enterprises, the Register and Tribune Syndicate, United Feature Syndicate and Creators Syndicate. Although the strip was only originally carried by five newspapers, it was picked up by more than 100 papers after Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968.
In addition to working on his famous strip, Morrie Turner drew 'Soul Corner' along with his wife Letha, as well as an illustrated biography of Martin Luther King, titled 'Prophet of Peace'. In 1970 Turner became a co-chairman of the White House Conference on Youth, and did live cartooning during concerts of the Bay Area Little Symphony of Oakland, California.