The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

April 15, 2015 6:36 PM

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The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

1. Rogers was an uncompromising pacifist, and when Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted nationally in 1968, during the height of the Vietnam War, he used his first week of programming to share his antiwar beliefs.

2. Rogers was committed to racial diversity, and not long after inner-city riots erupted following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rogers introduced the character of a black police officer keeping everyone safe in the Neighborhood. Francois Clemmons debuted as Office Clemmons on August...

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