Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Colton Kuepfer research on James Farmer Jr.

James Farmer Jr. was born on January 12, 1920, in Marshall, Texas.   In 1942, James Farmer co-founded the Committee of Racial Equality, which later became the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  He started CORE which is an organization that tries to bring an end to segregation in the country through nonviolence. He is considered along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis one of the principal leaders of the Civil Rights movement.

CORE organized sit-ins and Freedom Rides. Mr. Farmer just didn't sit in an office he also risked his life in several demonstrations. For example in 1963, Louisiana state troopers armed with guns, cattle prods and tear gas, hunted him door to door when he was trying to organize protests in a town. He was an inspirational leader to the country and he was a huge part of the civil rights movement even though he is not as publicized as Dr. Martin Luther King.

For More Information About James Farmer Jr. Visit:  CORE Website
James L. Farmer Jr.


  1. This was interesting. I didn't know anything about James L. Farmer Jr. before reading this article.

  2. It seems like he had a great impact on the Civil Rights Movement, he just didn't get all the credit he deserved.

  3. He seems like a very brave man. It's a shame he didn't get the credit he deserved like Jake said.

  4. He seems like a good guy because he was the founder of CORE. I wonder how things would have turned out without the creation of CORE.