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In 1969, when black people were still prevented from swimming alongside whites, Fred Rogers invited Officer Clemmons on his show to come dip his feet in the pool. He then dried his friend’s feet. It was a profound symbol of protest in a time of intense segregation, pain, and injustice. [They recreated that special moment again in the photo above, circa 1993.] • “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Mr. Rogers once said, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” • When you feel overwhelmed by the news today, I invite you to look for the helpers. Or better yet, become one. 🖤
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