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United States Civil Rights Movement James Farmer of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) ON THE FREEDOM RIDES “I had not dreamed that in a few short weeks a new kind of civil war would rock the nation–a war not “without violence,” but with violence on only one side. We had not dreamed that Jim Crow would so quickly be stood on its head and its supporters driven into trenches in a do-or-die battle to save it.” Source: James Farmer, Lay Bare the Heart (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1985), 74. “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 any waiting room available to the public. Please tell the attorney general that we have been cooling off for 350 years. If we cool off any more, we will be in a deep freeze. The Freedom Ride will go on.” Source: James Farmer, Lay Bare the Heart (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1985), 206 “[The Freedom Rides were] no doubt the most dramatic and most successful action of the Civil Rights Movement.” Source: “Professor Receives National Honor,” The Mary Washington Bullet, January 29, 1998. “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.” Source: “ Civil Rights Activist Speaks Farmer Remembers Struggles,” The Mary Washington Bullet, April 9, 1985. “I was there, spent forty days and forty nights in the state penitentiary in Mississippi, and we sang great freedom songs.” Source: “James Farmer Shares Outlooks on Racism,” The Mary Washington Bullet, April 18, 1996. “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.” Source: “MWC Celebrates Black History Month,” The Mary Washington Bullet, February 06, 1997. Angela Davis Speech (1979) HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axWwUz2U3UY" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axWwUz2U3UY Angela Davis Speech (1969) “The Liberation of Our People” Transcript of a Speech Delivered by Angela Y. Davis at a Black Panther rally in Bobby Hutton Park (AKA De Fremery Park), Oakland, CA on Nov. 12, 1969 Yes, I'd just like to say that I like being called sister much more than professor and I've continually said that if my job -- if keeping my job means that I have to make any compromises in the liberation struggle in this country, then I'll gladly leave my job. This is my position. Now there has been a lot of debate in the left sector of the anti-war movement as to what the orientation of that movement should be. And I think there are two main issues at hand. One group of people feels that the movement, the anti-war movement ought to be a single issue movement, the cessation of the war in Vietnam. They do not want to
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course BWS 151 taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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