While most readers of the strip were receptive to Franklin’s inclusion, there was some resistance from newspaper editors and other critics. In the South, the criticism seemed to ring the loudest. Schulz recalled in one interview that an editor of a southern paper didn’t want to see images of Franklin attending school with the other Peanuts.

Schulz ignored the editor’s comments, and Franklin became a regular character. In the popular animated Peanuts series, Franklin made his first appearance in 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Franklin was then joined by another Black character, Milo, three years later in the animated series.

The letters between Glickman and Schulz were on display at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. The letters were featured in an exhibit regarding social commentary. Schulz, who began to slow down in the late ’90’s, passed on February 12, 2000, just one day before his final Sunday strip ran.

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