Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons reprise their famous foot bath in 1993. The 1969 scene featuring the two men was a message of inclusion during an era of racial segregation. 

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Fred Rogers and Hedda Sharapan

On Jan. 30, from 3-5 p.m., Manatee Community Foundation will present a free community event titled “What We Can Continue to Learn from Fred Rogers,” featuring Hedda Sharapan. Fred Rogers (“Mister Rogers”) shaped generations with his approach to kindness, early learning and seeing the goodness in people. Sharapan began working with Rogers 53 years ago during the very first taping of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1966. Over the years, she served as assistant director, assistant producer, associate producer and director of early childhood initiatives for Fred Rogers’ small nonprofit production company. Now, as a child development consultant for Fred Rogers Productions, she is a script consultant for its award-winning PBS children’s series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and other projects. After Sharapan’s presentation, she will be interviewed by Ruth Lando, with audience questions encouraged. The event takes place at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue W. in Bradenton. For registration details, click here.  

 

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