Little Known Black History Fact: Franklin From ‘Peanuts’

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Charles M. Schulz’sPeanuts comic strip remains one of pop culture’s most enduring fixtures, with the cartoonist providing daily and weekly illustrations of Charlie Brown and the gang for nearly five decades.

In the ’60’s, Schulz integrated his comic by introducing its first Black character, Franklin, after a thoughtful letter from a reader. In 1968, shortly after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Glickman, a white woman, wrote Schulz and asked him to consider adding a Black character.

In an exchange of letters, Schulz was reluctant to do so as he didn’t wish to seem like he was patronizing Black people. Glickman was persistent, and shared her exchanges with Black friends to get their input. Glickman continued with her attempts until Schulz finally had a change of heart. Schulz alerted Glickman in a letter to read the strip during the week of July 29.

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