On Friday, we said Happy Anniversary to Peanuts character Franklin, who first met his curly-haired friend named Charlie Brown, or “Chuck” to some, on a beach some 47 years ago. Franklin was the first African American character to be created by Charles M. Schulz for his long-running cartoon strip. The young man’s first appearance in the comic was on July 31, 1968 – during the middle of the Civil Rights era and right after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The following is an edited interview with Cesar Gallegos, archivist for the Charles M. Schulz Museum located in Santa Rosa. Let’s start with how Franklin came about – it’s 1968 – in the middle of the Civil Rights era, what happens next? . . .