December 19, 2014  

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Civil Rights Figure James Meredith Gives Book Talk at Gulf Coast Library

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Civil rights figure James Meredith, author of “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America” and the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi, gave a book talk on his latest publication March 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the Gulf Coast Libraries, attendees of the book talk and signing welcomed Meredith with a standing ovation.

Meredith, who served in the U.S. Air Force and later as a political adviser, graduated from the University of Mississippi with his degree in political science in 1963. “A Mission from God” looks back at Meredith’s courageous and action-packed life. Within the book, he challenges America to address the most critical issue of our day: how to educate and uplift the millions of black and white Americans who remain locked in the chains of poverty by improving our public education system.

(Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)