In 1968, Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, an African-American child into the Peanuts comic strip.
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Schulz introduced Franklin after a schoolteacher wrote to say he should add an African-American character.
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Schulz wasn't the only cartoonist the teacher wrote in to. She also asked Allen Saunders.
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Saunders had taken over a comic strip about an apple cart vendor named Mary.
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And transitioned it into a popular strip about an older woman giving advice to young people.
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The schoolteacher wondered if one of the young people couldn't be African-American.
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Saunders said he wanted to, but he believed the syndicate would cancel the strip!
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Saunders' son took over in 1979, putting Mary in charge of condo, diversifying the cast.
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