Put on your Mister Rogers Sweater for Public Media

Fred Rogers testifies before the U.S. Senate on May 1, 1969.

Fred Rogers testifies before Congress on May 1, 1969. Image Credit: YouTube

Almost 45 years ago, our loyal neighbor, Mister Rogers, testified before the U.S. Senate to protect public media. His testimony was as historic as he was influential.

After the Administration proposed public media funding cuts, Fred Rogers went before a Senate Subcommittee to ask, with his Mister Rogers touch, to restore full funding. His remarks were so powerful that he gave a self-described “tough guy” Senator “goosebumps.” Not only was all public media funding restored, it helped increase future funding.

In honor of Fred Rogers’ lifelong support of public media, we’re honoring him on Thursday, May 1 – the day he testified before Congress! We hope you’ll join us and encourage your neighbors to participate, too.

All you have to do is grab a Fred Rogers’ style sweater or cardigan out of your closet. Snap a photo of yourself wearing the cardigan. Then, click here to upload your snappy new picture, fill out the required fields and tell us why public media matters to you today.

Hand-made sweater worn by Fred Rogers, on display in the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History. Photo credit: Flickr user: Rudi Riet, not affiliated with Protect My Public Media.

Hand-made sweater worn by Fred Rogers, on display in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Photo credit: Flickr user: Rudi Riet.

You can also share your photos on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #Sweaters4Pubmedia. We’re going to select the top entries to feature on our blog, Facebook and Twitter on Thursday, May 1.

So get snapping, and tell us why public media matters to you by Thursday, May 1. If you need a little inspiration, check out Mister Rogers’ powerful testimony in the video below.

Video: Mister Rogers testifies before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee.