Harriet Glickman, Who Pushed ‘Peanuts’ to Add a Black Character, Dies at 93


Harriet Glickman, who in 1968 persuaded Charles M. Schulz, the creator of “Peanuts,” to insert an African-American character to his roster of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang, died on March 27 at her property in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 93.

Her daughter, Katherine Moore-MacMillan, claimed the cause was issues of myelodysplastic syndrome.

Ms. Glickman was a previous schoolteacher in California when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, stunning the country and heightening her issue about what she observed as poisonous racism that permeated culture.

She started thinking of approaches the mass media shaped the unconscious biases of America’s young children, she later on wrote, and “felt that anything could be done as a result of our comic strips.”


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