For more than 45 years Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood reached millions of children and helped them to embrace a world of imagination. Spanning 1,765 episodes, 206 songs sung, and 162 unforgettable characters, it is perhaps the most beloved of children's television. Mr. Roger's classic messages about self acceptance and kindness became a legacy that touched countless Americans.
It all began in a small town called Latrobe, Pennsylvania where Fred Rogers was born in 1928. He grew to serve as a chairman of a White House forum for child development and mass media. Mr. Rogers spoke before the U.S. senate giving a moving speech about the value of kindness. After hearing him speak, congress raised the PBS annual funding from 9 million to 21 million dollars.
Generations of children grew up learning the everlasting lessons of kindness and the power of believing in oneself. Take a look at this infographic for more on the legacy of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.