Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights

Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement ❮EPUB❯ ✴ Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement Author James Farmer – Texas native James Farmer is one of the “Big Four” of the turbulent 1960s civil rights movement along with Martin Luther King Jr Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young Farmer might be called the forgotten Texas native James Farmer is one of the Heart: MOBI ñ the “Big Four” of the turbulent s civil rights movement along with Martin Luther King Jr Roy Wilkins and Whitney Lay Bare Epub / Young Farmer might be called the forgotten man of the movement overshadowed by Martin Luther King Jr who was deeply influenced by Farmer’s interpretation of Gandhi’s concept of Bare the Heart: PDF/EPUB é nonviolent protest Born in Marshall Texas in the son of a preacher Farmer grew up with segregated movie theaters and “White Only” drinking fountains This background impelled Bare the Heart: An Autobiography ePUB í him to found the Congress of Racial Euality in That same year he mobilized the first sit in in an all white restaurant near the University of Chicago Under Farmer’s direction CORE set the pattern for the civil rights movement by peaceful protests which eventually led to the dramatic “Freedom Rides” of the s In Lay Bare the Heart Farmer tells the story of the heroic civil rights struggle of the s and s This moving and unsparing personal account captures both the inspiring strengths and human weaknesses of a movement beset by rivalries conflicts and betrayals Farmer recalls meetings with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Jack and Bobby Kennedy Adlai Stevenson for whom he had great respect and Lyndon Johnson who according to Farmer used Adam Clayton Powell Jr to thwart a major phase of the movement James Farmer has courageously worked for dignity for all people in the United States In this book he tells his story with forthright honesty First published in by Arbor House this edition contains a new foreword by Don Carleton director of the Dolph Briscoe Bare the Heart: An Autobiography ePUB í Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin and a new preface.

10 thoughts on “Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement

  1. Mark Mark says:

    It was my great privilege to a take a class taught by James Farmer at Mary Washington College in 1998 so I was thrilled to finally get around to reading his autobiography It was well told and enjoyable but it's claim to be an autobiography of the civil rights movement is a bit bold We don't even get to the Civil Rights movement until half way through the book but his upbringing and coming of age are not uninteresting It gets downright fascinating though once he's leading a national movement and organizing with MLK and others I didn't know Marion Berry was the first chairman of SNCC It was particularly harrowing to see the lengths that people will go to in order to maintain their illusion of superiority The state of Mississippi marshaled ever resource it had and fought a bitter legal and extra legal battlejust to tell people where to sit on a bus State Police in Louisiana burned black churches When I took Farmer's class on the history of the Civil Rights movement my notes were abstract impressionistic occasionally just stunning turn of phrases and I was delighted to see some of them show up in the book and trigger memories out there in the pitiless glare of the sun was my favorite He writes with great balance and seeming sincerity He comes out looking pretty good in this autobiography but there were gaps that raised important uestions One minute he's preacher's son studying for seminary and the next he's getting married in a humanist ceremony with no mention of God; the transition is never addressed He acknowledges his blindness and losing the eye to disease but doesn't mention the severe diabetes it was attributed to which ultimately cost him his legs too Still it ends well with some semi modest appreciation for the impressive social and political gains outlined in the last uarter of the book He doesn't get along very well with JFK accomplishes much with RFK and ultimately goes to work for the Nixon administration which goes about as well as anyone would expect He says he paved the road on which America's black children walk toward new vistas that I shared in shaping and I am not going to argue with that It's not just the Freedom Rides either the successfully desegregating busing lead to media money and action including desegregation and literacy and voter registration programs The fact that he fought and won against violent entrenched forces exclusively through non violence should be eternally appreciated

  2. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    This book is an essential on the Civil Rights movement Mr Farmer was involved in this movement prior to World War II He was living in Chicago trying to integrate restaurants skating arcades and the like It was a constant struggle it was draining and it was certainly not lucrative The people involved in this work for racial euality needed dedication and resilience in abundanceMr Farmer met a wide variety of people from Eleanor Roosevelt Malcolm X AJ Muste and Presidents – and he provides us with keen observations on these individuals The influence of Gandhi on Mr Farmer is evident from the beginnings of his involvement in Civil Rights work He always ensured that individuals in CORE Congress of Racial Euality were not hot heads who could deliberately trigger white retaliation This would have caused problems particularly in the Deep South where the white power structure was firmly entrenched There were times however when CORE and Mr Farmer were in imminent danger of being lynched and had to use the help or aid of the black community who did possess firearms This book is strong in all aspects – during his early childhood in Texas he had to “learn” to drink at the coloured water fountain His constant preoccupation with “the movement” took a toll on his personal life – he acknowledges not being an effective parent to his two daughters and that it was his wife Lulu who was primarily responsible for their good upbringing There were times when I felt that Mr Farmer overlooks the role other individuals like John Lewis and groups SNCC had in the spreading of the great cause of racial euality For instance SNCC had a significant role in Mississippi but does not get due credit Nevertheless this is a tremendous personal account of this dynamic period in American history

  3. Larry Taylor Larry Taylor says:

    I've been attempting to fill in some gaps in my education and understanding in a personal uest to understand and be compassionate of others As a family we were watching the movie THe Great Debaters which led me to interest in James Farmer the young kid on the debate team Lay Bear the Heart is his autobiography and with it the history of the civil rights movement in America Farmer was a brilliant highly educated extraordinarily brave devout Christian man This is an important book for all Americans especially white Americans

  4. Ginny Ginny says:

    Dr Farmer was one of my favorite professors in college such an amazing man with the most powerful stories to tell This book will always have a special place on my shelves

  5. Kate N. Ewing Kate N. Ewing says:

    Why did I never hear of this man before? I was a kid during the 60’s and very aware of my dad’s close attention to and support of the Civil Rights Movement I saw and loved the movie “The Great Debaters” some years ago but either forgot or never realized that the young protagonist went on to become a major leader in the fight to end segregation and so much James Farmer should be in our history books right up there with Martin Luther King Jr Although his beliefs and methods were entirely different from Malcolm X his name should be as well known Perhaps the reprinting of this 1985 memoir will help do that It is a fascinating moving disturbing and beautifully written book Farmer doesn’t hold back but lays bare his imperfections as well as his greatness his fears and his courage his soul searching struggles to figure out how to best accomplish what he knows to be right We all know something of the Freedom Riders well he is the one who helped create them and coined the phrase Reading his autobiography is catching a glimpse of the turmoil and the magnificence of the fight against segregation from within You see how the sit ins started You see how what he was doing affected his family You see some of the politics that went on behind the scenes within organizations such as CORE and the NAACP and with the Washington politicians they were dealing with There’s plenty of philosophying which gets you thinking about difficult issues and it’s peppered with amusing anecdotes that keep it thoroughly human I would have loved to meet this man He truly was one in a million and how he lived his life had a positive impact on all of us

  6. Deborah E. Kunkel Deborah E. Kunkel says:

    Interesting look at the Civil Rights movement and the behind the scenes struggles as well as differences Especially in light of today's protests against racism and the raised awareness of the systemic racism in many of our institutions Many of the arguments today were made to Farmer

  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    This is one of the autobiographies that reveals than the author would like I think and I didn't especially like James Farmer a great deal Much as I admire the Congress of Racial Euality and the Freedom Rides and some of the stands Farmer took along with those he worked with I found it a bit sanctimonious and prudish and self serving in addition to the fact that he seemed to really buy into the virulent anti communism sponsored by HUAC and others So when he talks about how the movement developed and the roles played by people such as AJ Muste and Bayard Rustin and A Phillip Randolph it was impossible to judge how much his point of view differed from what my own would have been Especially as there are a lot of unpleasant little digs in here at all those listed above and others in the civil rights movement like Martin Luther King I won't start on his relationship with his first wife But it is fascinating how such a man ended up in Southern jails often spoke somehow for the militant side of the non violent movement though he seemed to be a brakeman unless radicalism served his ambition though I could be wronging him The decision to go forward with the freedom rides was a courageous one the decision to go against the Kennedys another I am curious to know how much they were really his So it's hard to how much you can take from this about the movement itself as it seems principally to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of its author

  8. Mary Mary says:

    I recently reread this book I had James Farmer as a professor in college and his lectures were much lively than the book He would start singing He was uite a story teller and a great resource on the civil rights era The book is pretty much his whole life story which is fascinating

  9. David Bird David Bird says:

    James Farmer was one of the most impressive human beings I have ever had the privilege to know even a little This volume presents his vision and his courage as well as his fears and doubts Because when I had class with him he was blind from years of teargas to sign my copy I placed his hand on the book

  10. Chi Chi Chi Chi says:

    For all I've read about the Civil Rights Movement I didn't really know anything about James Farmer or CORE Not only did this book fill in a lot of gaps for me historically it's an extremely well written piece of literature

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