The creator of a popular cartoon of a fictional character of the late Jim Jones is being honored with a $25,000 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cartoonists Association of America.
The award was announced on Wednesday by John B. Gordon, president and chief executive of the Cartoonist’s Association of North America, at the Cartoon Awards on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The Cartoonists association, which promotes the artistic expression of cartoonists around the world, has been honored in the past with the Lifetime Achievement Achievement Award for its work in the field of film, music, animation, comics, and theater.
The awards will be presented to Jack Campbell, whose cartoonist cartoon, “The Great Whites Hope,” is a fictionalized version of the legend of Jim Jones.
Campbell, who lives in Asheville, North Carolina, also created the popular “Amen” cartoon series.
“Jack has been a longtime member of the association and has been one of our longest-serving members since it began,” Gordon said.
“He is also an ardent supporter of the arts, a lifelong advocate for diversity in the industry, and a proud supporter of The Jim Jones Educational Foundation.”
The Cartooners Association of the United States, a trade group of the country’s leading cartoonists, said in a statement it “would like to thank the association for its lifetime commitment to excellence in the creation and promotion of popular works of art.
Jack Campbell is an outstanding and dedicated cartoonist, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him with this award.”
The award comes at a time when the country is facing a renewed concern about the influence of the KKK and other far-right extremists on American society.
In the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally in April, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in 2018, a move that many called a threat to free speech and the way the country functions as a whole.
The United States’ Supreme Court recently ordered the government to produce a list of all law enforcement agencies that “have adopted policies or practices” that “are designed to further the promotion of hate.”