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Many great professionals and institutions helped me along the path of writing this book. Jackie Johnson at Miami University’s Freedom Summer Library, the librarians at the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas, where Farmer’s papers are kept, and the librarians at the National Archives in Washington, DC, provided indispensable assistance to my work. The resources created by Tim...
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James Farmer Jr. was important to my life and passions long before I realized this truth in the winter of 2007. The long educational process whereby my role as a professor of rhetoric and director of debate became transformed by the life and advocacy of the Great Debater, James Farmer Jr., began at that time. This book is an attempt to share for a broader public what James Farmer Jr. has done for...
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On January 12, 1920, James Farmer Jr. was born in Marshall, Texas. He was born without a birth certificate, and one would be created for him later in life. He was the son of a college professor at a...
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“Would the man have been in a cell in Parchman [prison] in 1961, if the child had not been denied his soft drink in Holly Springs thirty-eight years before?”—James Farmer...
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Melvin Tolson was a profound intellectual force at Wiley College, in Texas, and nationally. His legacy reached beyond Farmer and remains an important lesson today for contemporary debate coaches. David Gold, a professor of English at the University of Michigan summarized Tolson’s approach and effect in an article designed to rediscover Tolson’s brilliance:
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James Farmer Jr. embodied the difficult reconciliation between idealism and pragmatism. After his undergraduate education, he planned to go into the ministry. He ultimately decided that he could not...
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I slammed the envelope down on the counter in front of the clerk as if I were, by that act, driving the first nail into the coffin of racism in America.
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“My objective is not just to make a point, but to bring about a real change in the situation. We will continue the Ride until people can sit wherever they wish on buses and use the facilities in...
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These young men and women had no guns with which to defend themselves—no weapons at all, except those of the indomitable human spirit.
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Now, brother, if a cat has kittens in the oven, does that make them biscuits?
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For years, I had considered it a mistake for blacks to be “in the bag” for either party. The party that had them would consider them “safe” and would court those who were unsafe. The party that did not have them would ignore them, for they were beyond reach, and would concentrate on votes that were attainable.
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I risked what I did to improve the nation. We wanted to make what we loved better and make it more deserving of that love.
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James Farmer has never sought the limelight. In the course of history and fate, he has never been given his due. We owe it to ourselves and to the unborn generations to stop and pay tribute to this great man.
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From James Farmer Jr. and Malcolm X, “Integration vs. Segregation,” Dialogue Magazine, May 1962: Cornell United Religions Work, Edited by Ben Voth, SMU 2016.[1]~ ~1. Reprinted...
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Ben Voth is associate professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is author of two books on political communication: The Rhetoric of Genocide (2014) and Social Fragmentation and the Decline of Democracy (2016). He is an advisor for the George W. Bush Institute and the Calvin...
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This series encourages focused work examining the role and function of communication in the realm of politics including campaigns and elections, media, and political institutions.
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