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
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.
- 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
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- 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