Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


Tears rolled down my eyes as the ending credits scrolled on Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a timely documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. For those who don’t recognize the name, Fred Rogers hosted one of the most popular children’s TV show’s of all time, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. I say this without hyperbole, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Period. It was the story of a devout man of faith who gave his life to serving and teaching children. It highlighted a selfless human, dedicated to restoring human dignity by loving every one where they were. No questions asked. What I saw made me want to do everything in my capacity to fight a little harder to make this world a better place. It made me want to push back on the despair this world serves up and repair things where I can. It made me walk into day one of my tenth year at CANDO camp in Chicago with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. It made me look into the eyes of little guys like Bart and say, “You made this day a special day by just you being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you and I like you just the way you are. Won’t you be my neighbor?”