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UMW to dedicate lecture hall in honor of James Farmer

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The University of Mary Washington will dedicate a Monroe Hall lecture hall in honor of civil rights leader and former UMW professor James L. Farmer Jr. next week.

Farmer died in 1999 at the age of 79.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116.

According to a university release, “Farmer, founder of the Congress of Racial Equality and one of the ‘Big Four,’ worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. on nonviolent protests to eliminate racial inequality. Farmer taught the history of the civil rights movement to Mary Washington students for about a dozen years before his retirement in 1998. That year, President Bill Clinton awarded Farmer the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Several UMW entities bear Farmer’s name, including the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the James Farmer Scholars Program.”

Georgia State Sen. Nan Orrock (Mary Washington College Class of ’65) will deliver a keynote address for the occasion.

UMW president Rick Hurley and the Board of Visitors also will be present at the commemoration.


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