Award winning photo-journalist independently covered the civil rights movement for family publications in USA and Europe plus films: National Press Club Distinguished Journalism Award twice, Brotherhood in Media Award, Jesse H. Neal Award, Oberhauser Grand Prix. Photos of children in ghettoes, civil rights actions and leaders have hung in art galleries coast to coast. Franklynn spent time in jail for covering his stories with his passion, and stood barely 20 feet from Rev.King when he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. He became friends during story research with James Meredith, Charles Evers, Coretta King, Jesse Jackson, Floyd McKissick, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Congressman Major R. Owens, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and many many others. Peterson ran and funded a free workshop in Bedford-Stuyvesant on writing and photography for a great many years at the library that serves that Brooklyn ghetto. Now a resident of Madison, Wisconsin, he volunteers to take part in programs for disadvantaged who are interested in photography.