Autographed copy of Lay Bare the Heart, an Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement by James L. Farmer, Jr. New York. Arbor House. 1985. Hard cover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. DJ is worn at edges. The author, a founder of CORE, sets the record straight regarding the civil rights movement and documents the conditions under which Black people lived prior to the movement. 370 pages. Strong signature by Author.
BACKGROUND: James L. Farmer, Jr. was born in 1920 in Marshall, Texas to James L. Farmer, Sr., a professor at Wiley College, a historically Black College. His father was an American author, theologian, educator, and the first African-American from Texas to earn a doctorate (at Boston University). James L. Farmer, Jr. was a Child prodigy: at the age of 14, he was attending Wiley College, where he was the captain of the debate team. His part in its winning performance was portrayed in the 2007 film, The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.