James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him

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Jackson, Mississippi – April 25, 2013 – Praeger Publishing, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, released a new biography, James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him, March 21, 2013. The author, Meredith Coleman McGee, is a niece of James Howard Meredith.

This book provides an honest look at the life and times of Civil Rights icon James Howard Meredith within the context of the America that created him and his generation.

A half century ago, on October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African American student to attend classes at the University of Mississippi, until then a segregated establishment—a watershed event in the American Civil Rights movement. Less than one year later, Meredith graduated with a degree in political science and history. The day after his graduation from “Ole Miss,” Meredith moved his family out of the state of Mississippi because he was a target on the Ku Klux Klan’s hit list.

James Meredith is an icon who took on the U.S. federal government and forced it to take a stand on whether African Americans were entitled to receive higher education at the same schools as whites. James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him provides an insightful, revealing examination of the state of the United States that engendered James Meredith and others of his generation who stood up for equality. The book examines Meredith’s early life; his actions that resulted in the integration of Ole Miss; his 1966 “March Against Fear,” during which he was shot by a shotgun-wielding sniper; and voting rights stories from the Civil Rights era.

The book also explores the roles played by famed Civil Rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers, Meredith’s legal team, and the NAACP in shaping the events that prompted President John F. Kennedy to send in armed troops to restore order and break Mississippi’s Jim Crow laws. The last two chapters focus on closing America’s wealth gap in modern-day society.  


Forward by Isao Fujimoto, PhD
Rural Development Leadership Network Institute
UC Davis

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Highlights • Includes Meredith’s family history and photos not previously available to the general public

• Discusses Meredith’s 2009 Walk for the Poor and his 2012 Walk for Education & Truth

• Ideal for high school, college students, history lovers, and readers interested in exploring the Second Reconstruction

• Discusses Black Power, race riots, poverty, and educational, political, and economic lopsidedness

• Introduces readers to known and unknown participants in the Second Reconstruction

• Features Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Unita Blackwell, Charles Sherrod, Bob Moses, Stokely Carmichael…

Meredith Coleman McGee is the author of Odyssey, a collection of poems and other writings; James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him, a biography about her uncle, and the coauthor of Married to Sin, a memoir about Darlene D. Collier www.mosedpress.com; she is also a professional writer for Typing Solutions Résumés & Etc www.meredithetc.biz, the website administrator of Shopheirs.com www.shopheirs.com, an acquisition editor of Meredith Etc www.meredithetc.com, a contributing writer for The Jackson Advocate, and the bookkeeper of Mose Dantzler Press. McGee discussed the biography James Meredith… as a guest of Tell Me More (NPR) and Brigham Young University radio, and women’s issues as a presenter at the United Nation Conference on the Status of Women 56 and 57 in NYC in 2012-13.

She founded Heirs United Investment Club which is a 2010 Booker T. Washington Economic Summit award recipient and a partner of the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi. McGee acquired several manuscripts through Mose Dantzler Press. One of the manuscripts was published by Meredith Etc in October of 2013, and a novella will be released November 25, 2013. McGee previously served as a community organizer for Southern Echo, as a business developer for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, as an assistant director of development for Voice of Calvary Ministries, as an account executive for The Mississippi Link, and as owner of Sunrise Foods # II (TS & M Super Stop). She organized and served as the media coordinator of the 2009 James Meredith Walk for the Poor trek through the Mississippi Delta.

McGee holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Administration from University of West Florida and a masters of arts in Rural Community Development and Public Policy from Antioch University McGregor (now Antioch University Midwest). She is a rural fellow with the Rural Development Leadership Network, based in NYC, a member of Women for Progress in Jackson, MS, and the Clinton Ink Slingers in Clinton, MS. Visit the author’s blog www.meredithetc.com to order autographed hardback and rare leather bound copies of James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him. Other titles are also available. Like the book’s facebook page @ jamesmeredithwarriorandtheamericathatcreatedhim and Meredith Etc, a small press on facebook @ meredithetc.

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  • Publisher: Praeger, an imprint of ABC CLIO
  • Publication date: 21 March 2013
  • Format: Hardback 206 pages
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  • Categories: Biography: Historical, Political & Military, Social Discrimination Black & Asian Studies Political Science & Theory Civil Rights & Citizenship
  • ISBN 13: 9780313397394 ISBN 10: 0313397392
  • Rare leatherbound copies are available while supplies last www.meredithetc.com (order autographed hardback/leather bound copies)
  • Contact rights@abc-clio.com concerning Foreign Publication Rights
  • Library and retailer discounts – contact ABC CLIO 800.368.6868
  • Visit the author’s blog for autographed copies and to view the Book Signing Schedule
  • This title is available by major bookstores including textbook retailers
  • This title is available in the International market
  • This title is a suggested reading for H.S. & College students studying Political Science, Asian Studies, African American Studies, and History courses
  • Endorsed by William Winters, Mississippi Governor (1980-1984)
  • Endorsed by Alice Tisdale-Thomas, Publisher The Jackson Advocate
  • Endorsed by Dorothy Stewart, Founder, Women for Progress
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RE: James Meredith Warrior and The America That Created Him

This is a remarkable commentary on the life and career of an exceptional man who has always marched to his own drumbeat. James Meredith remains an enigma to many, but all of us have been compelled to admire his courage and independence. This volume represents a fascinating insight not only into the identity of this intriguing human being but also into many of the historic events of the stormy times in which he lived. It is an important addition to our understanding of our conflicted past but just as importantly to the recognition of our common humanity.

Blurb by William F. Winter, Miss Gov (1980-1984)

As piercing and as lasting as the shotgun pellets which wounded him in 1966, this straight forward account of Mississippi’s most heralded living freedom fighter is presented without excuse or pause by his niece, Meredith, who is herself a heroine in the war against injustice.

Alice Thomas-Tisdale, Publisher, Jackson Advocate

James Meredith: Warrior and the America That Created Him is a wonderful and much needed book on one of my personal history makers. Thank you for providing such an insightful portrait of your uncle, civil rights icon James H. Meredith. Your book will provide a positive documentation of the man and that crucial period of American History. Congratulations on a job well done, I strongly endorse and encourage everyone to read your book.

Mrs. Dorothy T. Stewart, Founder, Women for Progress

23 responses

  1. The July 31, 2012 release date for James Meredith: Warrior and the America That Created Him was extended. This title is scheduled to be released in October of 2012.

  2. Dear Meredith McGEE,
    You are doing what I always dream of your work is so important to the Black Families of the ( OUR ) future. I hope you will Join Us.

    1. Thank you Ms. Mary. It is an honor to meet you. Be blessed.

  3. “Black Business, Problems, and Prospects” by Edward W. Brooke. The Black Scholar, April 1975, Vol 8 (7), pg. 2. “Anyone Looking for the Civil Rights movement in the streets is fooling himself. Politics is the civil rights movement of the seventies. Politics is the last non-violent hurrah…” Politics is power! Economics is power! The right to work and profit in our system of enterprise is a right to be shared by all Americans and must be shared equally. And unless minorities gain this power they will be virtually impotent in a society whose strength is founded on economic power and political power.

  4. This is still true today.

  5. New and final book release date is March 31, 2013.

  6. Meredith your book comes at a time that is so critical to American. My thoughts are “it is important that we know our history so that we may appreciate our present and prepare for our future.” I salute you on putting together such an awesome piece of history!!

    Thanks and God Bless,
    Beulah Greer
    CSLC Executive Director

    Community Students Learning Center
    333 Yazoo Street
    Lexington, MS 39095
    Voice:662-834-0905
    Cell: 601-927-1495
    Fax:662-834-0906

    1. Thank you for your interview and support.

  7. Mary Armstrong | Reply

    Make sure you get these to the Jackson Public School System. Our kids need to know their history and know that Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America because as Chowke Lumumba said, “America was never lost” he was the one lost.

    1. LOL. Yes, maam. I will try my best to get this biography on the shelves of our public school libraries. Ten of the 15 public libraries in Hinds County ordered copies. Anyone with a library card can check it out, read it, and write a report on it. I agree, public school students should be exposed to the history about their race. Black history should be merged into the curriculum like European history. Mr. Lumumba, our mayor elect, also pointed out that Lanier High School students should learn about Historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. He and Richard Wright, a Harlem Renaissance writer, attended Lanier High School. At one time, Lanier was the only high school that blacks could attend. Bennett and Wright are excellent role models. They both have an awesome body of work!

  8. By Suzanne C. Lowe

    Meredith McGee does best what others have tried to do: tell the James Meredith story in context with the people who influenced him. Her first chapter, “Family Roots of a Warrior,” explains so much about the man whose ancestors were “creators, benefactors and victims of white supremacy.” She expertly weaves in history (like the 1965 Voting Rights Act) and personal perspectives (like remarks from Charles Sherrod as well as James Meredith himself). In particular, she outlines Meredith’s views about education as the way to reverse the downward economic cycle for the poor.

    But above all, McGee shows us James Meredith in context to his times. Through this book, we get a fuller than ever before picture of the courage that he has shown us in his work to reshape America. Thank you, Meredith McGee, for this important publication!

  9. It is a pleasure to get a response from a member of our family. I appreciate you.

  10. It is a pleasure to get a response about this book from a member of our family “by way of” Judge JAP Campbell, former MS Supreme Court Justice. I appreciate you.

  11. Meredith, what a great work. You have more in you to tell so go for it

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. My next book ODYSSEY will be released in November of 2013.

  12. Starkishia, Author, Starkishia: Estrella | Reply

    This is a wonderful book which highlights the dangers and hardships people of color faced in their pursuit for equal rights, better education, and a better way of life. James Meredith, along with many others fought to end segregation and knocked down barriers put in place to prevent non-whites from prospering in any way, shape, or form. Though some tough battles have been won, there is still work to be done to fix our public education system and to close the gap between the haves and the have nots.

    Starkishia, Author, Starkishia: Estrella

    1. Thank you Starkishia for your book review. I look forward to helping you celebrate the introduction of your book in January.

  13. WDSV 91.9 FM. ‘OFF THE SHELF’ 11 A.M. Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

    ‘James Meredith: Warrior and the America That Created Him’

    This week’s guest is Meredith Coleman McGee. Meredith is a niece of James Meredith, the gentleman who, in October 1962, became the first African American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. His courage, persistence, and refusal to back down led the way for others to see themselves and their situation in a different light and to see that the impossible can become a reality.

    This book names names, dates, and places. Reading it will simply not be enough. You’ll find yourself wanting to do your own research based on what you read and learn from this book. It is PACKED with references and pictures.

  14. I very much enjoyed your book. You did a very good job of setting the scene of what it was like back then and you also really brought to life the great odds that James Meredith had to face. It makes his bravery all the more courageous. In fact, I would love to interview you and your uncle for my documentary.

    All the best,
    Eli

    1. Glad we connected Eli. All the best with your documentary.

  15. Dondria Palmer | Reply

    Thanks so much for this book. It gives us a rich history of what our people edured and achieved. Continue to do your best and move forward.

    Be blessed
    Mrs. Palmer

    1. Mrs. Palmer, I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your compliment. Be blessed more. Meredith

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