Film Screening: James Framer's Freedom Ride
Sat, February 24, 2007
James Farmer, a native Texan and pioneering civil rights leader, was the grandson of a slave and founder of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Under Farmer's direction, CORE organized and led the Freedom Ride, an interracial bus ride through the South designed to compel the federal government to enforce laws that prohibited segregated interstate buses and bus terminals. The Freedom Ride contributed directly to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The 22-minute black and white film, documents "an expedition into America’s conscience," said Farmer, who narrates the film, and provides insights into a "breakthrough" in the civil rights movement.
James Farmer's "Freedom Ride" is part of the James Farmer Papers, which the civil rights activist donated to the Center for American History in 1987. The collection, which consists of more than 47 linear feet of manuscripts, printed materials, and photographs, richly documents Farmer's professional activities in the civil rights movement from 1942 to his death in 1999.
The James Farmer Papers are available for research in the Center for American History's Research and Collections division, located in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2, on the UT Austin campus. A guide to the papers is available at http:// www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00004/cah-00004.html.
For more information, contact Alison Beck at (512) 495-4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.