From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Whyte, Garrett

(born: 1914  -  died: 2000) 

Garrett Whyte was born in Louisville, KY, according to his Army enlistment records. [Mt. Sterling has also been given as his birth location.] He completed an art education degree at North Carolina A&T State University in 1939. Whyte was an artist for the Chicago Defender, taught art at a high school and was an art professor at Chicago City College System [now City Colleges of Chicago]. In addition to teaching, Whyte was an artist for a number of organizations before he retired in 1980. He is remembered for his art and for the creation, for the Chicago Defender, of the comic strip, "Mr. Jim Crow," one of the first Civil Rights graphic satires. Whyte was a WWII Army veteran. For more see J. D. Stevens, "Reflections in a dark mirror: comic strips in Black newspapers," Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 10, issue 1 (Summer 1976), pp. 239-244; and Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2006.

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NKAA Source: The Chicago defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Chicago defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Journal of popular culture (periodical)
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans

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