Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration

(Rochester, NY) – Sesame Street is all ready for its 50th anniversary celebration with host Joseph Gordon Levitt and featuring classic Sesame Street songs sung by some of today's most beloved celebrities. All the muppets and cast members celebrate 50 years of the street where everyone is welcome. Featuring: Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, Patti Labelle, Itzhak Perlman, Whoopi Goldberg, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Solange Knowles, with a special cameo by Kermit the Frog. Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration premieres Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV and repeats Tuesday, November 19 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

To mark the special event, the whole neighborhood comes together to take a photo under the Sesame Street sign—but the sign is missing! While Elmo and friends search for the sign, Joe takes a look back at 50 years of Sesame Street memories, and everyone soon realizes that Sesame Street isn’t just a sign or a street—it’s a place where everybody is welcome, learning is fun, and all kinds of monsters, birds, and humans come together to form lifelong friendships. Wondering how to get to Sesame Street? Don’t worry, it’s closer than you think.

It all began in 1969 on a street where colorful Muppets and humans lived -- and learned -- side by side. Today, 50 years later, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a yearlong anniversary celebration to mark the occasion. Throughout 2019, Sesame Workshop will bring people together around the timeless lessons that Sesame Street has always taught: everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity – and joy.

Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question: could television be used to level the playing field and help prepare less advantaged children for school? The founders tapped educational advisors and researchers, entertainers and television producers, and other visionaries to create what became the longest-running children’s show in American television history. Ever since, Sesame Street has helped children around the world to learn, feel included and respect others. With a curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of every new generation, it is now a force for good in over 70 languages and 150 countries.

Please note: WXXI is joining in the celebration by hosting several special events. Click here to learn more. 

Pictured: The Sesame Street gang and friends
Credit: Richard Termine

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