The Franklin Perspective
In a time of great turmoil, Gibbs appropriates Franklin, the silenced African American male from Charles Schultz's Peanuts Gang. Gibbs uses Franklin as a tool to paint the picture of the American black male experience. This series is composed of works highlighting various topics such as male identity, masculinity, public education and social issues. Gibbs felt there were things that could be explored through Franklin that would allow spectators the chance to hear what's being said as opposed to whose saying it.
While constructing each piece Gibbs incorporates factual information as material for his audience. He chose to appropriate this character because people find what Franklin has to say less offensive, he's a character, but touches on powerful topics. He challenges and highlights issues within the African American community and America in its entirety. Franklin then speaks on these topics from his perspective, hoping to educate and inspire his viewers.