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  • In 1968, Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, an African-American child into the Peanuts comic strip. 1 / 9

  • Schulz introduced Franklin after a schoolteacher wrote to say he should add an African-American character. 2 / 9

  • Schulz wasn't the only cartoonist the teacher wrote in to. She also asked Allen Saunders. 3 / 9

  • Saunders had taken over a comic strip about an apple cart vendor named Mary. 4 / 9

  • And transitioned it into a popular strip about an older woman giving advice to young people. 5 / 9

  • The schoolteacher wondered if one of the young people couldn't be African-American. 6 / 9

  • Saunders said he wanted to, but he believed the syndicate would cancel the strip! 7 / 9

  • Saunders' son took over in 1979, putting Mary in charge of condo, diversifying the cast. 8 / 9

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