By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy, pinch hitting for ailing civil rights activist James Farmer who was scheduled to speak, delivered a rousing sermon on the importance of religion in society.
Milloy spoke to about 135 people at a Black History Month program at Shepherd College on Thursday night.
Farmer, founder and former national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, was scheduled to speak, but had to cancel because he is about to undergo surgery, said the Rev. Ernest Lyles of Shepherdstown.
Farmers was a leader in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.
Milloy, 45, said he got his start in journalism at his high school newspaper in Louisiana where his father taught the class. He said he took the class only because a girl in whom he was interested was in it.