François Clemmons: Part-Time Introvert, Musician, And Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood's Officer Clemmons | WAMC

François Clemmons: Part-Time Introvert, Musician, And Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood's Officer Clemmons

Jul 10, 2020

Francois Clemmons
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While you may not immediately recognize the name François Clemmons, you certainly may know him from his groundbreaking role as Officer Clemmons, a recurring character on "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" with Fred Rogers.

Clemmons overcame a difficult childhood of discrimination to become a musician, a noted choir director, and to serve as a positive image of a black American at a time when racial tensions in the United States were very high.

As he writes in his new memoir, he found a family in Fred Rogers, a friend and mentor. He writes about his life and his deep friendship with Rogers in his new memoir "Officer Clemmons."