Officer Clemmons

Officer Clemmons

Details the incredible life story of François Clemmons, beginning with his early years in Alabama and Ohio, marked by family trauma and loss, through his studies as a music major at Oberlin College, where Clemmons began to investigate and embrace his homosexuality, to a chance encounter with Fred Rogers which changed the whole course of both men’s lives, leading to a deep, spiritual friendship and mentorship spanning nearly forty years.

When he earned the role as “Officer Clemmons” on the award-winning television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Clemmons made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children’s program. A new, wide world opened for Francois — but one which also required him to make painful personal choices, and sacrifices.

From New York to the Soviet Union, Berlin to California, Clemmons has performed for audiences around the world, and remains a beloved figure. Evocative and intimate, and buoyed by its author’s own vivacious, inimitable energy, Officer Clemmons chronicles a historical and enlightening life and career of a man who has brought joy to millions of adults and children, across generations and borders.

Title:Officer Clemmons
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781948226707
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    As a little girl growing up in the sixties, my favorite show was Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Recently, I saw that a documentary was airing on HBO Family all about Mister Rogers. It was entitled, "Won'...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI grew up with Mr. Rogers' neighborhood and really loved the show. It always felt much more intimate than other children's programs because of...

  • Gail C.

    Opening Dr. Francois Clemmons book, OFFICER CLEMMONS, is like slicing warm butter. With the first sentence you are already into the essence of the book, and it is so easy to just sit and read and befo...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Beth MowbrayIf you are looking for a heartwarming new read, Dr. François Clemmons delivers with his beautifully rendered debut memoir, Officer Clemm...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    François Clemmons, born during the Jim Crow era, had a grandmother who remembered the days of slavery, at least the times when white men "worrying" black women was a fact of life. Even though his fam...

  • Katie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!I have been, and always will be, a lover of fiction books. In the past, nonfiction books have been too full of t...

  • Jan

    This is a deeply affecting personal memoir by a person of astounding accomplishments and a deeply rooted negative sense of self worth. Life was nice until he was four, then it kept escalating in famil...

  • Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/.TL;DR REVIEW:Officer Clemmons is a moving, quick-reading memoir that offers so much more than another perspective on Fred Rogers.For you if: You...

  • Emily Ann ??????

    Sharing my memoir disclaimer again: I will never rate a [auto]biography based on the person’s life. I rate it based off of the writing style, and this was just not it for me. ...

  • Kristian Beverly

    I’m glad I read this and am grateful that I met him. ❤️...