|“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
For over 30 years, Mr. Fred Rogers delighted kids and welcomed all people to his neighborhood with love and acceptance. Through small acts that sent big ripples throughout our communities, Mr. Rogers showed us all how be a good neighbor to one another.
It was 1968 when his show launched nationally, which was the peak of the Civil Rights movement. While the evening news showed searing images of neighborhoods in turmoil, Mr. Rogers began to develop very different images of cooperation and togetherness on his show. In a choice that was startling for the times, he hired François Clemmons, a Black man, as the local police officer. On the show, Mr. Rogers invited Officer Clemmons to cool his feet in a small plastic pool in a time when blacks and whites were still segregated in the United States.
“It is so odd that they’re… sitting around singing songs to each other. But it’s so emblematic of what Fred did,” Morgan Neville said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “He decides to make a statement in his very quiet way, that it’s okay for black and white people to share a pool, to share a space, to share a friendship.”
There are many stories of Mr. Rogers being a shining example of how to be neighborly. Just like the Good Samaritan and Mr. Rogers, each of us can show this kind of love and kindness to everyone we meet. Together, we can make our world a better place with each act of kindness we give freely to our fellow neighbor.
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