For the last 20 years, award-winning artist David G. Brown has enlightened and educated L.A. Sentinel readers with creative political cartoons. His humorous, yet insightful images offer thoughful commentary on pressing issues of the day.
Reflecting on his newspaper career, Brown said in a 2019 interview, “I appreciate working at the Sentinel. It’s a chance to motivate, inspire and educate my community and I am really passionate about that.”
Likewise, the Sentinel appreciates Brown’s contributions to its editorial team, according to Executive Editor Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., who described the cartoonist as a “transcending fixture in the satirical art realm.”
“David’s ability to capture the sentiments of our community in his art while blending thought provoking commentary is a treat that Sentinel readers have been able to enjoy for decades,” Bakewell said.
“I personally appreciate not only David’s commitment to the Sentinel, but more importantly, his commitment to our community and his dedication to advancing Black thought through his craft. It is and will forever be appreciated.”
A talented designer, photographer and illustrator, Brown is also skilled in creating advertising campaigns for a range of clients including Los Angeles World Airports, Wells Fargo Bank, Auto Club of Southern California, California African American Museum, Warner Bros., and the City of Los Angeles.
In addition, he has produced several health-related books for youth and authored the popular graphic book, “Barack, Race and the Media: Drawing My Own Conclusions,” which garnered an NAACP Image Award in 2009.
Brown has received numerous merit awards from the National Newspapers Publishers Association for Best Editorial Cartoon. The organization represents more than 230 Black-owned publications across the country. Most recently, he was recognized as by his alma mater with the Stockton University Alumni Achievement Impact award for his community service as a mentor, role model and educator.
For a number of years, Brown has offered free design workshops for children and teens at local libraries and community centers. He also serves on the board of directors for the Museum of African American Art aiming to “bringing more young people into the museum.”