UMW Seeking Nominations for James Farmer Lecture

Civil Rights leader James Farmer taught at UMW for more than a decade. A bust of Farmer is on Campus Walk, in front of Trinkle Hall.

The University of Mary Washington is seeking nominations for a speaker to present the annual James Farmer Lecture. … [Read more...]

Senator, Alumna Receives UMW Lifetime Service Award


Georgia State Sen. Nan Orrock ’65 today received one of the University of Mary Washington’s most prestigious awards, the Monroe Medal. Orrock was honored by President Richard V. Hurley and the Board of Visitors during a dedication ceremony for the James Farmer Lecture Hall. … [Read more...]

UMW Dedicates Lecture Hall for Civil Rights Leader, Nov. 15

The bust of civil rights leader James Farmer overlooks Campus Walk. Farmer taught at Mary Washington for about a dozen years until his death in 1998.

The University of Mary Washington will dedicate a lecture hall in honor of civil rights leader James L. Farmer, Jr. during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 15. The ceremony, which will begin at 4 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116, is open to the public. … [Read more...]

UMW Bell Rings to Observe March on Washington Anniversary

People walk past a stone marking the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King made his 1963 speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial August 27, 2003 in Washington DC. The 40th anniversary of of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech will be marked on August 28. King made his speech during a rally at the memorial.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/Courtesy of istockphoto)

The University of Mary Washington observed the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington on Wednesday, August 28. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Annual James Farmer Lecture


The University of Mary Washington hosted the annual James Farmer Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. The lecture, presented by Executive Vice President of Mary Washington Healthcare Xavier Richardson, honored the legacy and service of civil rights activist James Farmer. Richardson is a member of the UMW Board of Visitors and is on the board of directors for the James Farmer Scholars program. He also is president of the Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital foundations. He is known in Fredericksburg for his volunteer efforts with many community organizations and mentoring services for local youth. James Farmer was architect of the 1961 Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation of public transportation throughout the South. He came to UMW in 1984 where he served as a distinguished professor of history and American studies for more than 10 years. Farmer’s life work as a political activist earned him numerous awards and distinctions … [Read more...]

UMW Announces Nomination Process for James Farmer Lecture


The University of Mary Washington has announced important changes to the James Farmer Lecture, a program that has honored the legacy of former UMW professor James Farmer for the past decade. The popular address will be continued as an annual lecture presented by a leader in the areas of civil rights and social justice. As a way to recognize the role Farmer played in enriching the intellectual life of Mary Washington, the lecture will be held every fall on the Fredericksburg campus starting next year. In addition, nominations will be open to the community. The lecturer chosen will be a person whose work exemplifies Farmer’s qualities and traits through his or her contributions to civil rights and social justice as an activist, scholar, public official or professional. “As an organizer, activist, and scholar, Dr. Farmer understood the importance of community engagement and believed in the power of individuals to transform their communities in positive and meaningful ways,” said … [Read more...]