It is clear from Memphian Bill Day’s recent three cartoons that he takes the killing of Trayvon Martin personally.

The award-winning cartoonist is well-known for his cartoons on themes of equal rights, justice, and reason.

His recent cartoons have special meaning: he was raised in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting place.  In fact, it was in the town’s library where his love of cartooning was born.

Last night, Mr. Day explained the emotions and personal beliefs that inspired his recent cartoons in an interview with Fox 13’s anchor Mearl Purvis.  As usual, Ms. Purvis brought her distinctive touch to the interview, which you can watch here.

Mr. Day is a two-winner of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award and five-time winner of the Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He’s also won a variety of other prominent honors for his outstanding work, notably the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award.

Memphis is lucky to have his gifts as part of our community, and we are doubly lucky to showcase his work here as part of our blog.