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

Fred Rogers and François Clemmons on Mr. Rogers Neighorhood, cooling their feet in a small pool
Fred Rogers and François Clemmons on Mr. Rogers Neighorhood"

Francois Clemmons
Credit Caleb Kenna
Francois Clemmons

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."