Denzel Washington directs & stars in The Great Debaters (2007) about Wiley College (Marshall, TX) in the 1930's
- In the following clip (at the 6 min mark) see an artistic rendition of the debaters in action and a reception for them at the home of J. Leonard Farmer (played by Forest Whitaker)
Melvin B. Tolson (played by Washington) wrote a column for the Washington Tribune entitled "The Radical Jesus" in which he describes the experience of hearing a masterful sermon, preached on Mother's Day, by Rev. Dr. J. Leonard Farmer.
Farmer was recruited to teach New Testament at Howard Univ. in 1938 by Benjamin Elijah Mays, a son of South Carolina sharecroppers, who was at that time the Dean of the School of Religion and who would go on to become the President of Morehouse College, a mentor to MLK, Jr. and his eulogizer.
Historical Marker Research by Gail K. Beil
Farmer bio at Handbook of Texas Online
Visions of possibility among people on earth
"My father wrote all the time" says Farmer's son, James, Jr., but virtually all the papers from the 40-year career have been lost.
John and Jesus in their day and ours: social studies in the Gospels (New York : Psycho-Medical Library, 1956) usually available via interlibrary loan