WATERVILLE, Maine — Herb Block, three-time Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post, was honored as the 34th Elijah Parish Lovejoy fellow at Colby.
He accepted the award and gave an address at a convocation held Nov. 7 in Lorimer Chapel
Winner of numerous awards in journalism and for defending human rights, Block is the author of nine books, and his newspaper cartoons are syndicated in more than 150 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He is the only living cartoonist whose work is in the National Gallery of Art. Block was the winning designer of the United States postage stamp commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. He is a fellow of the Americans Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Block’s work in the support of human rights and individual freedom has been recognized by his receiving the People for the American Way First Amendment Award, the ACLU Award for his defense of the Bill of Rights, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Florina Lasker Award, the Lauterbach Award to civil liberties, and the National Education Association Award for Human Relations, among others.
In 1984, Block won the World Hunger Media Award for best cartoon on world hunger.
The cartoonist won Pulitzer prizes in 1942, 1954, and 1979. In 1973, when the Washington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its work on Watergate, Block was on of four people named in the citation. In addition, he was won the American newspaper guild award, the Heywood Broun Award, the National Journalism Society Award, the National Cartoonists Society “Reuben” Outstanding Cartoonist Award, and the National Press Club Annual Fourth Estate Award.
Born and educated in Chicago, Block attended Lake Forest College and studied at the Art institute of Chicago. He was editorial page cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News and the NEA Service before joining the Post in 1946.