Inventor; Willie Lee Morrow; Afro Pick
Whether Willie Lee Morrow was inventing hair care products, founding and running local media outlets or teaching haircutting techniques to the military, he was remembered as someone who was always working to lift up the Black community in San Diego and beyond.
The hairstylist, chemist, entrepreneur, author, inventor of the Afro pick and pioneer of the Jheri curl hairstyle died June 22 at his home, surrounded by family. He was 82.
Cheryl Morrow said Wednesday that the salon her father established in San Diego in 1959 and the hair products he invented in the 1960s and 1970s came from his desire to serve the Black community by making resources available in their neighborhoods.
BY MORGAN COOK
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE