• Adam Ross

A Lesson from Mr. Rogers

Single act of kindness by 1 person can make a difference

In 1969, when Martin Luther King had been assassinated a year earlier, black citizens weren't allowed to swim in "white-only" swimming pools. So Mr. Rogers sent a deliberate message on the May 9, 1969, episode of Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood.

Mr. Rogers invited Officer Clemmons, a black police officer played by François Clemmons,

on his show and asked if he wanted to cool off by dipping his feet into a children's wading pool.

Clemmons initially declined the invitation, noting he didn't have a towel — but Rogers said Clemmons could share his.

Mr. Rogers joined Clemmons, breaking the color barrier live on television.

  • post courtesy of Solidarity for Humanity.

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