The 2nd edition of Odyssey is live: hardback $20.99 (July 2, 2018) eBook $2.99 July 3rd. The 2nd edition includes new poems and several speeches by the author.
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The word odyssey refers to a journey or a trip. An odyssey can be either a literal or figurative journey. It is always a writer’s goal to take his or her readers on a journey. This book is the 2nd edition of Odyssey which is a collection of Meredith Coleman McGee’s writings from 1994 to 2018. The book includes poems, speeches, articles and a leadership study comparing the leadership styles of Ray Kroc (McDonald’s), Sam Walton (WALMART), and Dave Thomas (Wendy’s) with 12 business leaders from the southern United States.
I have known Meredith Coleman McGee for over 10 years; our mothers are long-time friends. Meredith Coleman McGee is a writer, publisher, acquisition editor and community activist promoting literacy and writing in her community. Meredith is the embodiment of the Kwanzaa principles, Kujichagulia, self-determination and Kuumba, creativity. She defines herself and as a publisher she helps others define, defend and develop themselves. Her activism is all about leaving her community better than she found it. She is committed to not only being a creative force herself but also helps others harness their creative energies. She is an active member and supporter of our book club, SANKOFA Reading Group.
ODYSSEY is inspired in part by her rich family legacy bestowed to her by her maternal great-grandmother, Roxie Hickman Patterson, her maternal uncle, James Meredith (the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi) and her mother, Hazel Meredith Coleman Hall.
ODYSSEY’s poetry is based on family experiences, personal pain and African American history. The reader learns about trials and accomplishments of Meredith Coleman McGee’s extended family, her ancestors, her parents, her sister, her nieces, and historical figures such as Congressman John Roy Lynch.
In addition to poetry, ODYSSEY contains speeches and articles written by Meredith Coleman McGee. The speeches and articles reflect Meredith Coleman McGee’s community activism. Her commitment to promoting literacy is reflected in her campaign to form a group to support the Richard Wright Public Library in Jackson, Mississippi. Most of her articles were originally published in the Jackson Advocate newspaper.
ODYSSEY introduces the reader to a writer, activist, poet, publisher, and family member who is changing her community and making it better. The second edition of ODYSSEY expands on the work of the original volume. The reader will be changed and inspired by this book.
by Angela D. Stewart, Founder/President, SANKOFA Reading Group
Mississippi author Meredith Coleman McGee presents the reader with a triple expression of literary form in ODYSSEY, a uniquely written, well researched work which produces a family of fiction and nonfiction writings under one cover.
This book is an interesting read especially for the poetic minded, the Civil Rights activists, students of history, and small business leaders.
Of special notation is the prelude written entirely in a poetic fashion by the author’s sister and niece. This one volume contains 228 pages with pictures, charts and references.
The first three chapters consist of poems that mirror the behavior and conditions that are often seen in today’s world. These human conditions exist in one’s engaging journey for self-identification. Some of the poems are based on factual events; in one poem the author includes the experience of her ancestor in a four line stanza.
Chapter four consists of pre-published articles by the author which respond to current and historically charged issues which provide valuable resources for a bevy of audiences. The articles include statistical and timely information about numerous topics and record facts about McGee’s uncle Civil Rights Icon James Meredith’s 2009 Walk for the Poor and his & 2012 Walk for Education & Truth.
In the final chapter, McGee shares the findings of her research project which was submitted to Antioch University McGregor, now known as Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, Ohio, in partial fulfillment of her Master of Arts Degree. This study compared the leadership characteristics of Sam Walton and Ray Croc with southern small business leaders. Walton and Croc turned Walmart and McDonald’s respectively into global conglomerates. This study is heralding for leaders interesting in mirroring the leadership styles of successful entrepreneurs.
Alma M. Fisher, Tougaloo College
Retired Librarian and Archivist
Published Oct 25, 2013
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PRAISE FOR ODYSSEY
The prose and poetry in Odyssey are both deep and thought provoking as each one tells a different story that speaks of the human struggle. The ‘civil rights’ history on James Meredith and others reflects the odyssey of a southern journey; we can all profit from the small business interviews and lessons.
Barbara Meredith Hardy, Family Matriarch, Michigan
Meredith Coleman McGee writes honestly about pain, human frailty, and difficult social issues, yet her poems reflect a tenacious, sometimes surprising, hope in the possibility of transformation, healing, and wholeness. As she both celebrates and laments our rich, but often troubled, collective and individual heritages, she reminds us that our journeys continue, and our striving for better things must never cease.
Alexis Spencer-Byers, Author, Urban Verses, Coauthor, Stepping out From the Shadows
“Meredith’s verse is a strong and edgy look at the everyday issues of life–from family ties to political lies–helping us see ourselves more clearly through her lens. Is it any wonder? Her uncle is famed Civil Rights icon James Meredith.”
Jeanetta Britt, Award-winning author www.jbrittbooks.com
“ODYSSEY,” the latest publication from our cousin, is a fascinating journey in the layered mind of Meredith McGee. It’s more than just a collection of poems, antidotes and recollections, but an elixir for the soul. She delves into the pain, hardships, and triumphs of our families and their “neighbors,” giving mother-wit as well as scholarship for solutions. Nearly 300 pages of historical pictures, accounts and anecdotes, this book is a must read for aspiring minds! Great job cousin!
Ahmed Majeed, Descendant of the Patterson lineage
Meredith Coleman McGee on Off the Shelf with Lynette Stafford in Greenville, Mississippi
MEREDITH ETC & AUTHOR EVENTSSeven newspapers and or online articles presenting new material on James Meredith are in Odyssey … Historic Walk Teaches Basic Principle p. 74; James Meredith’s Walk for Education and Truth reaches the Jackson area June 10-13, 2012 p. 76; 200 Miles for the Poor and Powerless p. 84; Meredith on the Road p. 88, Last Two Miles of Meredith’s Walk for the Poor p. 92, James Howard Meredith: A Living Legend p. 111, and Civil Rights Icon’s Vision for the Poor p. 130).