Franklin turns 50: A look back at Peanuts' first black character

Modern cartoonist Kerry G Johnson looks back at the legacy of Charles Schultz's character and the effect it had on racial equality.

    Fifty years ago, at the height of the US civil rights movement, a leading cartoonist made a small but significant contribution to racial equality.

    Charles Schultz introduced his first black character, Franklin, in the famous, and hugely popular, Peanuts newspaper strip.

    Modern cartoonist Kerry G Johnson looks back at the legacy of Franklin.


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