Dr. François S. Clemmons | Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College | Words | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Dr. François S. Clemmons

When: Wed., Sept. 22, 7-8 p.m. 2021

Vermonters may know François Clemmons as an activist, Grammy Award-winning singer and retired director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College. Folks across the country, however, know him as “Officer Clemmons” from his 25-year tenure on TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” where in 1969 he famously shared a swimming pool with Fred Rogers at a time when many pools were still segregated. This week, Dr. Clemmons offers remarks, reads from his 2020 memoir Officer Clemmons and signs books. Partial proceeds from book sales at the event benefit Middlebury nonprofit WomenSafe.

Price: Free.