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Diversity in children's television was once discouraged...

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" challenged stigmas about race in America.

Officer Clemmons, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Francois Scarborough Clemmons

Francois became the first African-American to have a recurring TV role in 1969.

Although the Civil Rights Act was enacted in 1964, compliance and tolerance took several years.


Fred Rogers died in 2003 from stomach cancer at age 74


Fred Rogers, "Time to Say Goodbye"


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