Mister Rogers’ Neighbor, Francois Clemmons ’67

February 12, 2021

Yvonne Gay

When Mister Rogers invited Officer Clemmons—played by Francois Clemmons ’67—to join him in cooling his feet in a pool of water, the pair was not only spending a refreshing moment together, Rogers was proudly showing his viewers where he stood on civil rights at a time when some public pools prohibited Black swimmers.
Two men sit with their feet in a child's pool.


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