Search Engine giant Google honors the first African-American Black woman cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes with an animated slideshow doodle on September 1, 2020. On this day in 1945, Jackie Ormes’ historic single panel “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” showed up in the Pittsburgh Courier, familiarizing the world with the smart and fashionable Ginger and her insightful 6-year-old sister Patty-Jo.
Here’s a look at the life and work of American Black woman cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes.
- Birth name: Zelda Mavin Jackson
- Birthdate: August 1, 1911
- Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
- Died on: December 26, 1985 (aged 74)
- Death place: Chicago, Illinois, US
- Father name: William Winfield Jackson
- Mother name: Mary Brown Jackson
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Known for: Cartoonist, Journalist, and Comics Artist
- Notable works: Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem
- Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger
- Torchy in Heartbeats (originally titled Torchy Brown Heartbeats) and accompanying Torchy Togs (paper doll cutouts).
- Awards: National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame
- Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame
20 Interesting Facts about Jackie Ormes
- Jackie Ormes was an African American Cartoonist.
- She was eminent for being the first African American woman cartoonist.
- In 1930, Jackie Ormes graduated from secondary school in Monongahela.
- Jackie Ormes later joined Pittsburgh Courier and began journalism as a proofreader.
- She at that point functioned as a freelance author, police cases writing, human interest topics, court cases, and as an editor.
- In 1931, Jackie Ormes got married to Earl Ormes with whom they had one kid who passed on following three years of a brain tumor.
- In 1937, Jackie Ormes’ first comic strip ‘Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem’ highlighted in the Pittsburgh Courier. The strip ran until 1938.
- Jackie Ormes moved to Chicago in 1942, and before long started writing occasional articles and, quickly, a social column for The Chicago Defender, one of the country’s leading black newspapers, a week after week around then.
- In 1945, her work ‘Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger’ which was a single panel cartoon debuted for eleven years.
- In 1947, Jackie Ormes signed an agreement with Terri Lee Doll Company for the release of dolls taking after the ‘Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger’ characters.
- In 1949, her agreement with Terri Lee Company expired.
- In 1950, Jackie Ormes brought back a re-designed ‘Torchy in Heartbeats’ comic strip.
- In 1956, Jackie Ormes retired from cartooning. She after that continued with making art which included: representations, murals, and still lifes.
- She volunteered in creating fundraiser fashion shows and entertainments at her South Side Chicago Community.
- Jackie Ormes later became the DuSable Museum of African American History’s individual from the establishing board of directors. She later became a doll collector.
- In 2014, Jackie Ormes was accepted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
- In 2018, she was drafted as a judge’s choice into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Eisner Award Hall of Fame.
- Jackie Ormes passed on December 26, 1985, of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chicago. She died at the age of 74 years.
- Jackie Ormes’ creations resisted desires for black women, however, gave her readership solid models for what the next ground-breaking generation of youthful black women could become.
- On September 1, 2020, Google respected Jackie Ormes with an animated slideshow doodle to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first publication of the comic strip Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger.