UMW Bullet Articles

These are The Bullet articles from Dr. Farmer’s time on campus from 1985 until his death in 1999. Currently, the UMW Library has archived The Bullet from 1990 to the present. For further research, please use the record numbers provided from the archived articles.

UMW Bullet Articles

1985

09-APR-85
Civil Rights Activist Speaks Farmer Remembers Struggles” p.1 and p.5

-First mention of Farmer at MWC, discusses distinguished visitor status and Farmer biography.

Quotes:
”The old and the young, the white and the black all managed to step outside of themselves to find something to believe in.”
“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.”
“I was scared all the time in the 60s and anyone who wasn’t, was a liar or totally without imagination.”

Photo: James Farmer front on, large size

17- SEP-85
“New Professors Join MWC Ranks” p.9

-He taught at Lincoln University in PA, NYU and Antioch University (no dates).

-His lectures are entitled ” The History of the Civil Rights Movement in the Twentieth Century.”

1986

28-JAN-86
“Civil Rights Leader to Speak in Dodd” p. 3

– Farmer organized for Ralph Abernathy of the SCLC to speak and it talks about Farmer traveling and speaking around MLK day.

18-NOV-86
“WNVT to Air Farmer Series” p. 2

– Info about the “Civil Rights Leaders” 3-part series w/ interviews by Farmer

1987

27-JAN-87
“Farmer Doing Better” p. 2

– Farmer suffered a heart attack Jan 19, 1987 right after an MLK speech at Antioch University.

-Says he teaches one class at MWC that semester.

1993

26-JAN-93
“Administrators struggle to attract more students and faculty of color to MWC” p.1 and p. 12

Quote:
“Since black faculty are very much in demand today, thanks to the civil rights movement, it is very important for Mary Washington to pay competitive salaries”

-Farmer says he wouldn’t have taught at Mary Washington if he hadn’t lived in Fredericksburg

– Photo: James Farmer, headshot, eye patch, half in shadow

RECORD NUMBER: B9301260011B

05-OCT-93
“New Dorm Worthy of Activist’s name” p.4

-Describes what he does at MWC, reflects values of multiculturalism and peace, and nonviolence (letter to the editor)

RECORD NUMBER: B9310050045A

1994

01-SEP-94
“President Reflects on the State of the College”

– President Anderson says Farmer is admired by the students, has schedule that would allow him to still travel and speak around the country, “visiting” part of Farmer’s title questioned and proposed to make distinguished professor

RECORD NUMBER: B9409010043A

08-SEP-94
“Civil rights Legend: No Longer Just a Visitor”

-Discusses possibility of him being promoted to distinguished professor

-photo: Farmer in white suit, candid photo, talking, possibly in front of a classroom

RECORD NUMBER:B9409080012A

15-SEP-94
“Last of the Big Four: James Farmer Creates a Living History”

-photo: 1 large picture

-Feature article, history of his life, decision to make him distinguished professor

Quotes:
“I’m happy about that- anybody who is made of flesh welcomes a promotion”

“In 1980, I was living in Washington D.C, and I was looking for a place to write my book Lay Bare the Heart. I wanted peace and quiet, a large pond. I found that I had to come this far away [from Washington] to find it. In the summer the only noise is the sound of crickets and bullfrogs.”

“When a person is blind, relocation becomes a major decision. Here you are, contemplating a place you’ve never seen. I know my place. My house has a patch of trees, fields, meadows, pastures. I know the terrain, the pitfalls, the contours.”

RECORD NUMBER: B9409150061A

1995

19-JAN-95

-MLK Day remarks, no quotes from Farmer

RECORD NUMBER: B9501190041B

09-FEB-95

– “Individual Integration”

– no Farmer quotes

RECORD NUMBER: B9502090041A

16-NOV-95
“James Farmer Tribute Denied Funding by College” p. 1 and p. 12

-Photo: side view of Farmer in wheelchair

-$100 a person dinner to raise money for the James Farmer Scholars was denied

-Lectures to his Tuesday afternoon class in Lee Hall

RECORD NUMBER: B9511160011B

1996

29-FEB-96

– Photo of Julian Bond

-Julian Bond was a speaker for Black History Month celebration

RECORD NUMBER: B9602290041A

18-APR-96
“James Farmer Shares Outlooks on Racism”

Quotes:
“If you say no to racism and encourage your children to make friendships across racial lines, you can make a difference in one generation.”

“Racism was the belief that race has something to do with intelligence, character and morality. Racism was a concept that some races are inferior and others are superior. That’s a lie.”

“Everything changed in the struggle for equality. People en masse were getting involved and the great and inspiring MLK had emerged from his pulpit.”

“I was there, spent forty days and forty nights in the state penitentiary in Mississippi, and we sang great freedom songs.”

RECORD NUMBER: B9604180045A

1997

06-FEB-97
“MWC Celebrates Black History Month” p.4

Quote:
“American citizens need to become more aware of their other American citizens. It serves the whole nation’s culture well to understand all the cultures that go into making the national fabric. To understand the threads of culture that makes up our nation makes us appreciative of diversity.”

RECORD NUMBER: B9702060041A

3-APR-97
“Race Relations at Mary Washington College”

-no quotes from Farmer

-James Farmer Scholars Program

17-APR-97
“Friends of Farmer Seek Presidential Honor”

RECORD NUMBER: B9704170011C

24-APR-97
“Students Should Learn Lesson From Farmer”

-A student thanks Dr. Farmer

RECORD NUMBER: B9704240033B

11-SEPT-97
“MWC Rewards Farmer with Doctorate”

Photo: head shot in library

-Mentions Medal of Freedom possibility

Quote:
“I’ll be here until the college and I decide otherwise…What else am I going to do? I’m 77 years old, totally blind, and legless. I can’t go out and get married.”

RECORD NUMBER: B9709110012A

1998

29-JAN-98
“Professor Receives National Honor”

Quotes:
“[The Freedom Rides were] no doubt the most dramatic and most successful action of the Civil Rights Movement.”

“This is the highest civilian honor possible in this country and needless to say, I was honored and flattered. This is the cap of my career.”

RECORD NUMBER: B98010290011A

29-JAN-98
“Still in the Shadows”

-OP-ED about renaming multicultural center after Farmer

RECORD NUMBER: B98010290031A

05-FEB-98
“Student Groups Strive To Honor Dr. James Farmer”

RECORD NUMBER: 98020050041A

12-FEB-98
“State Officials Recognize Farmer With Formal Reception in Richmond”

-Reception held by the VA Legislative Black Caucus

RECORD NUMBER: B98020120011A

26-MAR-98
“Farmer Hospitalized”

-Farmer reception moved to May 3rd

RECORD NUMBER: B98030260011Z

23-APR-98
“Farmer Considering Retirement Due to Health Problems”

-talking about medical condition; seizure

– may retire after working for MWC for 13 years

-quotes about Farmer’s health

-taught in Monroe 104; class on Civil Rights – 1985

RECORD NUMBER: B98040230011Z

1999

28-JAN-99

-flashback to 1994 issue

RECORD NUMBER: B99010280041A

25-FEB-99

“Man admits to stealing thousands from Farmer”

– October 1997-98 caretaker stole money

RECORD NUMBER: B99020250013B

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