(CIVIL RIGHTS.) Payne, Eugene. Equal Rights: Treat it with Care and Wear it with Dignity. Ink and white-out on artist board, 15 x 13 inches, signed in ink and captioned and dated in blue pencil; very slightly warped, tape mark in lower margin; printed newspaper caption pasted on verso. Charlotte, NC, 5 July 1964
Eugene G. Payne (1919-2010) was the regular editorial cartoonist for the Charlotte Observer. He drew this cartoon in reaction to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act on 2 July. It depicts Uncle Sam presenting the coat of "Equal Rights" to a young African-American man, urging him to "treat it with care and wear it with dignity." The cartoon achieved at least some national circulation, appearing in the Akron Beacon-Journal on 10 July.
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