Oct. 18, 2017
150 Years Of Black Grit, Determination, Brilliance, and Excellence
This morning I would like to start off with a powerful man whose persevered many obstacles as he dedicated his life to the struggle for equality of black people in this country and around the world. James Farmer faced personal physical harm each time he ventured to the south working to secure human, social, and civil rights for black Americans. James was never swayed from his purpose and goal no matter what circumstances he faced. On August 28, 1963, when over 200,000 people traveled to the Mall in Washington DC for the Jobs and Freedom Rally. James Farmer wasn't among them. You see James Farmer refused to leave those who were imprisoned with him in Mississippi. James Farmer's words were delivered by Floyd McKissick that afternoon. Today, in his words, my voice, I bring the words of that letter delivered on August 28, 1963, to you.
Grit, determination, brilliance, black pride, black excellence, and unwavering faith all the attributes that Howard University strengthened in James Farmer reflected in his life's work. The equality of people of color the worldwide. Thanks, James Farmer and thanks, Howard University for preparing James Farmer for his purpose in attaining the goal of black unity.