Name of Show: The Good Fight
Host/Director: Jessica Schoenbaechler
Airing: Weeknights at 7 PM EST | Click here for Schedule | Check Local Listings
About Show: The story of James Farmer; America’s forgotten civil rights leader. When he rolled into the Jim Crow South on a Greyhound bus (a black man sitting in the whites-only front seat) James Farmer was scared. “Courage is not being unafraid, but doing what needs to be done in spite of fear,” said the founder of the Freedom Rides and pioneer of the earliest sit-ins. A relentless leader, a dynamic speaker, and a forceful organizer, Farmer was one of the first civil rights activists to use nonviolent direct action to fight for dignity and justice. Yet at what cost? His own family suffered from his frequent absences, prison stays, and threats made to his life. And, he was continually disappointed in his lack of recognition, especially after witnessing the momentous legacy of Martin Luther King, a man ten years his junior. The Good Fight chronicles Farmer’s life, in his own words, from his earliest days as a “Great Debater” at Wiley College to his latter years teaching a new generation of students about the movement that shaped a country.