The response from readers and editors was largely positive, Schulz later recalled. AFP
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Franklin, the first African-American to appear in the classic comic strip "Peanuts" alongside Charlie Brown and Snoopy, turned 50 Tuesday – a major milestone for a character born in a time of racial tensions after the slaying of Martin Luther King.On April 15, Harriet Glickman wrote to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz and suggested he include a "Negro" character into the comic strip, which had been running since 1950 .The response from readers and newspaper editors was largely positive, Schulz later recalled, although he did receive at least one complaint from an editor in the South about the white Charlie Brown going to the same school as the black Franklin.But Franklin proved a novelty in the mainstream comic strips world, whose audience was mainly white and middle class, even if some black readers saw him at times as a little bland in the cast of quirky characters.
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