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Wed, 07.31.1968

Franklin meets Charlie Brown in Peanuts

Charlie and Franklin

*On this date in 1968, Franklin appeared in the Peanuts cartoon. He was the first Black character used by Charles Shultz the cartoonist creator of Peanuts.

In the episode Charlie Brown had lost his beach ball, it was found and returned to him by a Black boy named Franklin.  The episode ended with the two proceeding to build a sandcastle together. Just months after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the simple encounter of two boys on a beach was how the cartoonist introduced the newest member of the Peanuts gang.

In 1994, Franklin’s last name (Armstrong) was announced in You’re in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown.  This was a tribute to Robb Armstrong the creator of the comic strip Jumpstart.

New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Those days when it was all right to be a criminal, or die, a postman's son, full of hallways and garbage, behind the hotdog store or in the parking... LETTER TO E. FRANKLIN FRAZIER. by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones).
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