In this lecture, James Farmer discusses what he considered to be a major step forward in the civil rights movement. He made a proposal for federal funding for education reform to wipe out illiteracy across the county. It was created by the collaborative effort of the major civil rights leaders under the Center for Community Action Education. Once the Office of Economic Opportunity accepted the proposal, he resigned as national director of CORE and headed the Center for Community Action Education to pursue the illiteracy proposal. However, the media interfered and after internal drama, Farmer states that the education reform eventually “went down the drain, politically."