50 Years of Franklin

January 13 through August 5, 2018
Upstairs Changing Gallery

For fifty years, Charles Schulz introduced topical issues using humor as a vehicle for serious subjects. In 1968, shortly after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Los Angeles schoolteacher, Harriet Glickman, wrote to Schulz regarding the integration of Peanuts. She believed that the popular comic strip could help influence attitudes on race. As a result of their correspondence, Franklin was introduced to the cartoon. Soon after his initial appearance, Franklin became a regular member of the Peanuts Gang in daily strips and animated specials.

The correspondence between Glickman and Schulz is one of several artifacts that can be seen in this exhibition that showcases Franklin, who became a member of the neighborhood baseball team, watched movies with Charlie Brown, and shared stories about his family. As America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this exhibition is an ideal reminder of how important it is to not be silent about subjects that matter.