Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

On Friday, July 31, PEANUTS will celebrate the 47th Anniversary of its first African-American character, Franklin. The character came about after a school teacher named Harriett Glickman, wrote a letter to the comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz, following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ms. Glickman urged Schultz to add an African-American character to the popular comic strip. Franklin Armstrong was introduced on July 31, 1968, representing the importance of desegregation. Check out his first appearance below:

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So how can you celebrate? Simply post a picture of Franklin on your social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) along with the hashtag #FranklinDay.  Check out images of Franklin below as well as The Peanuts Movie trailer opening in theaters Nov. 6!

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