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University of Mary Washington Celebrates James Farmer’s Civil Rights Legacy

James L. Farmer Records, 1980-1999, Special Collections, University of Mary Washington Image courtesy of CORE/Edward Hollander

James L. Farmer Records, 1980-1999, Special Collections, University of Mary Washington Image courtesy of CORE/Edward Hollander.
Photo depicts the second march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 in support of voting rights. The marchers were able to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge but were turned back by U.S. Marshals. From left to right: Fred Shuttlesworth, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Farmer, and James Forman (SNCC). In the foreground: Andrew Young.

In celebration of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the University of Mary Washington honors distinguished professor Dr. James Farmer’s outstanding life and achievements.

Farmer was the founder of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the organizer of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Combined with other non-violent acts, the Freedom Rides paved the way for the Kennedy and later Johnson administrations to align themselves more decisively in support of Civil Rights and the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Bill of 1964.

Materials documenting Farmer’s early civil rights contributions are housed at the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History (see A Guide to the James Leonard, Jr., and Lula Peterson Farmer Papers.) Records from Farmer’s later years, along with a rich trove of audio-visual materials spanning his career are housed in UMW’s University Archives. Additional resources on Farmer’s civil rights legacy are available in the James Farmer and the Freedom Rides research guide and in the finding aid of his close friend and colleague, William B. Hanson, located in the Virginia Heritage database.

Black History Month Lecture at VCU

A Century of Strides: African-American Girl Scouts and the Pursuit of Equality in Virginia

When and where: February 4, 7:00 PM, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Commonwealth University’s 12th annual Black History Month lecture will feature Viola O. Baskerville.  Long involved in elective politics at the city and state levels and now CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Baskerville talks about African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization’s 100-year history, focusing on the important work of Scout leaders from Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and beyond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested, to assist us with the planning of the event and to facilitate seating. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to January 31, 2014.