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A virtuous virtuoso

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I am a huge fan of the cartoons and cartoonist­s featured in The Post. Usually, readers go to the editorial cartoons for commentary and the comics pages for fun and laughs. But who knew the comics could be a teaching tool as well?

See the Jan. 6 “Candorvill­e” strip by Darrin Bell, who likely introduced many readers to Hazel Scott, a talented and committed singer and jazz pianist who also was a civil rights activist. It doesn’t take much research to learn about Scott. Here’s a Wikipedia excerpt: “Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was a Trinidad-born American jazz and classical pianist, singer, and actor. She was a critically acclaimed performing artist and an outspoken critic of racial discrimina­tion and segregatio­n. She used her influence to improve the representa­tion of black Americans in film.”

There’s much more, including videos of her performanc­es on Youtube. Bell deserves recognitio­n and everyone’s thanks. He certainly has mine.

Frank A. Aukofer, Falls Church

 ?? DARRIN BELL/THE WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP ?? The Jan. 6 “Candorvill­e”
DARRIN BELL/THE WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP The Jan. 6 “Candorvill­e”

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