LA Schoolteacher Harriet Glickman corresponded with Charles Schulz after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Soon, Franklin joined Peanuts. Teachers are leaders. Here’s yet another example.
How Harriet Glickman Helped Charles Schulz Integrate Peanuts
Mashable has a touching story of the correspondence between Charles Schulz, author of the Peanuts comic strip, and LA Schoolteacher Harriet Glickman. Glickman was upset that Peanuts, Schulz’s comic strip wasn’t integrated. The letters they wrote and the dialog show the signs of the times. In her first letter, Glickman poured out her heart.
“I believe it will be another generation before the kind of open friendship, trust and mobility will be an accepted part of our lives.”
At first Schulz responded
“… it would look like we were patronizing our Negro friends. I don’t know what the solution is.”
But by the summer and after more correspondence, Glickman got just the response she wanted
“I have drawn an episode which I think will please you.”
and asked Glickman to check the July 29 paper.
On July 31 Franklin joined Charlie Brown’s crowd of friends. It was just one but it was a start. Just four months after her first letter, a new Peanuts character was born.
Harriet Glickman is another teacher who made history not because of her works, but who she influenced. Teaches do it every day. Our world needs teachers to keep impacting it in positive ways.
Teacher Influence Isn’t Just Peanuts
I hope you’ll take time today to contemplate this story and read the full article on Mashable which includes videos, letters, full comic strips, and more. It would make a great study.
As for where we are today, I have only one thing to say…
When we are divided, look at how far we’ve come. When we see how far we have to go, take one step in the right direction.