45 Years Ago -- Mister Rogers Addressed Congress

On May 1, 1969 Fred Rogers spoke before a Senate Commerce Committee asking for funds to grow a national public television system. The concept of a national non-commercial network was new at the time and Fred Rogers was unknown nationally. He spoke from his heart and made a very personal address which affected the committee; particularly Rhode Island Senator Pastore.

 

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"As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same than we are different. That may be the most essential message of all, as we help our children grow toward being caring, compassionate, and charitable adults."

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