Mar 12
Clinton Presidential Center

The Story of Franklin: Just Another Kid in "Peanuts"

Noon | Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center will host a special presentation in conjunction with our two temporary exhibits, “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts.” Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly will discuss their role in the creation of Franklin, the first African American character in the Peanuts comic strips. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall

In the wake of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Ms. Glickman, a Los Angeles school teacher, began a vibrant correspondence with Charles Schulz as a result of her outreach to nationally syndicated cartoonists regarding the lack of diversity in popular comic strips. She shared the response she received from Mr. Schulz with Ken Kelly, a longtime friend and a father with young children, who then wrote a letter of support to Schulz from the perspective of an African American parent. Join us as Ms. Glickman and Mr. Kelly tell their story of how a school teacher changed the course of Peanuts history.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call (501) 748-0425.