James Leonard Farmer Sr. was born in Kingstree, South Carolina back in 1886 to Carolina and Lorena. He had limited schooling in Georgia and Florida. Even at that he was granted a scholarship to Boston University earning his bachelor, masters of theology and doctoral degrees.
After graduation, he had a dual career as a minister and an academic. He was an ordained minister with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He taught at the Huston-Tillotson and Wiley colleges in Texas; Rust College in Mississippi and Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 1939-1946. He returned to Texas as the dean of Huston until his retirement in 1956. He died in 1961.
What you may not know about James is that he was the first African-American Texan to earn a doctorate.
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