Videos

Nothing can more accurately represent the events and testaments to James Farmer than the recordings that he leaves behind. The James Farmer Group is proud to exhibit videos of many important events in Dr. Farmer’s life (and afterward) here. Most of these videos were digitized from original copies found in the UMW Archives. We sincerely hope to shed new light on some events in James Farmer’s life and bring the wealth of primary sources in the Fredericksburg area to the general public.

There are many videos on this page, so start by making a selection below.

-The James Farmer Group

Bust Unveiling
Farmer Bust
Virginia Senate Resolution
Virginia Senate Awards Farmer
Benjamin Lambert Honors Farmer
Edd Houck Honors Farmer
FEC: “Stand Tall”
FEC: “Affirmative Action”
FEC: “First Memory”
FEC: “Freedom Rides”
FEC: “Freedom Summer”
FEC: “Gandhi”

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James Farmer Bust Unveiling (3:35)

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Summary: (April 20, 2001) Former civil rights activist, politician, and Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young speaks at the unveiling of the James Farmer Memorial Bust. Young discusses Farmer’s life and how to honor him before leading the unveiling of the bust.

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The James L. Farmer, Jr. Memorial Bust (0:46)

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Summary: (2008) This is a video mashup created by the James Farmer Group of the James Farmer Memorial Bust on campus walk at the University of Mary Washington.

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Senate of Virginia Resolution Commending James Farmer (2:46)

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Summary: (February 27, 1998) At the request of Senator Edd Houck, the Clerk of the Senate reads a prepared resolution commending James Farmer’s life of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia as an activist for civil rights, his position as Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies at Mary Washington, and his Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Senate of Virginia Presents Resolution Commending James Farmer to Dr. Farmer (4:16)

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Summary: (February 27, 1998) After receiving the resolution, James Farmer discusses his thankfulness, disabilities, and the irony of receiving an award in Richmond, Virginia.

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Senate of Virginia: Benjamin Lambert honors Dr. Farmer (5:06)

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Summary: (February 27, 1998) Benjamin Lambert speaks about Dr. Farmer, calling him a “Virginia Hero” for his work in civil rights that has benefited Virginia.

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Senate of Virginia: Edd Houck honors Dr. Farmer (4:31)

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Summary: (February 27, 1998) Edd Houck discusses James Farmer’s well-known “soft drink” story, lists Farmer’s occupational accomplishments, and talks about the fact that honoring James Farmer is coming full circle: in the same room, the state senate had closed schools rather than desegregate them.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “When I stand Tall” (0:46)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) James Farmer shares a rhyme with an audience at the Federal Election Commission about racial equality.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “Affirmative Action” (3:03)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) James Farmer discusses the inception of Affirmative Action within the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration using the metaphor of a foot race.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “First Memory” (2:47)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) Farmer recounts his popular “soft drink” story in which he first encountered segregation at soda counter on a hot July day in 1923.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “Freedom Rides” (2:13)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) Farmer discusses organizing the Freedom Rides and the bravery of Freedom Riders who faced beatings in Anniston, Alabama.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “Freedom Summer” (2:45)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) Farmer explains the background behind Freedom Summer and corrects the inaccuracies from the movie Mississippi Burning. Farmer discusses finding the bodies of two CORE staff members and a volunteer.

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James Farmer at the Federal Election Commission: “Gandhi” (1:59)

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Summary: (April 4, 1994) Farmer connects the nonviolent movement for civil rights in the United States to the teachings of Gandhi. Farmer explains how Gandhi motivated him personally and the influence it had on his own methods of nonviolence.

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