I never knew that the cute brown kid that hangs with Charlie Brown and the gang had a name. I have been watching since I was a kid and still watch the holiday episodes. It was not until my daughter became obsessed with them, did I realize the history of the little brown kid. My daughter’s teacher is a huge fan and uses the popular comic strip in several lessons throughout the year. We were excited to learn that the little brown kid is Franklin Armstrong and today we celebrate him.
Today marks the 47th Anniversary of Franklin Armstrong, the first African-American character to appear with the Peanuts Gang! Harriet Glickman, a school teacher, wrote a letter to the comic strip’s creator Charles M. Schulz following the death of Martin Luther King. She urged him that an African American character needed to be added to the popular comic strip. “Franklin Armstrong” was introduced on July 31, 1968, representing the importance of desegregation.
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Check out the sneak peek of the movie in theaters November 6, 2015