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The James Farmer Collection

The James L. Farmer Collection includes a selection of images and audio-visual materials featuring James Farmer from Simpson Library's Special Collections and University Archives. Farmer was the founder of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), the organizer of the 1961 Freedom Rides, and a steadfast advocate for the principle of nonviolent resistance. James Farmer served as a professor in the History and American Studies Department at Mary Washington College from 1985 to 1998 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1998. (Special Collections and University Archives, Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.)

#6 Malcolm X, Changing Perspectives, Untimely Death (James Farmer's Reflections). 1987. 27min. (captioned)

In these video segments, James Farmer continues his discussion [Lecture 5] of Malcolm X. He tells the story of the American Nazi Party’s alliance with the Nation of Islam. In addition, the American Nazi party asked Malcolm X to join them in a protest against CORE, but he refused because, “I’m not picketing any black brother who is fighting for freedom!” The rest of the lecture is dedicated to Farmer’s reflection on Malcolm X, his changing ideals and perspectives, and his untimely death.

Farmer, James, 1920-1999
University of Mary Washington

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