James Farmer2 programs

The civil rights reformer was a passionate voice for desegregation and co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Chicago in 1942.  He was National Chairman in the organization's early years.  A believer in innovative nonviolent protest, he helped organize sit-ins and Freedom Rides whose influence broadened the movement's appeal and led to significant legislative acts in the 1960s.

Image: James Farmer, 1963. Walter Albertin, photographer. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
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