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Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bruce Shanks on the King assassination

Bruce Shanks was an editorial page cartoonist for The Buffalo News who joined the paper in 1933 and retired 39 years later. During that time, he won the Pulitzer Prize - with Tom Toles and Adam Zyglis, the first of three News cartoonists to do so - and established himself over the decades as one of the great political cartoonists in the world. Fifty years ago, burdened by the same grief as the rest of the nation, he sat down to offer his reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He called it "American Tragedy."

Shanks died in 1980.


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