A talk that analyzes the work of Thomas Stockett, a former editorial cartoonist for the Afro-American Newspapers, is scheduled to be included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s 2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation on Oct. 21.
“The Fight in Black and White: The Afro-American Newspaper and the Political Cartoons of Thomas A. Stockett” talk will be one of three in a day-long panel discussion, including “Preserving the Story of the Artist: The John La Farge Collection at Mount St. Mary’s University” and “Not ‘Just American:’ Two Case Studies of Musical Archives and Cultural Identity Among Descendants of Immigrants.”
Stockett served as the AFRO’s editorial cartoonist from 1955 until his death in 2007. Throughout that time, he was the visual voice of the paper, illustrating its editorial point of view to help readers envision numerous topics from a Black perspective.
His illustrations provide historical relevance to African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, and media studies, as well as those interested in the study of American political cartoons, and as a resource for state and local historians.
Though known for his cartoons, Stockett’s paintings also garnered local and national attention from the Maryland-Delaware Press Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).