Civil rights activist, author and political adviser James Meredith will be in Meridian Saturday for a book signing of his most recent book, "A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America."
Meridian is among stops of an 82-county promotional tour for the book. More than 50 years in the making, "A Mission From God" not only reflects on Meredith's personal life, but also offers insight as to how Mississippi can solve its public education woes.
"It tells the truth of what has happened in Mississippi the last 50 years," he said.
In 1962, Meredith was the first African American to enroll in the then segregated University of Mississippi, an event considered a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement. He graduated a year later with a degree in political science. Meredith continued his education at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and later attended law school at Columbia University, where he earned a law degree in 1968.
Meredith describes his latest literary offering as "the best book written about America."
"I made it plain that Mississippi has been a whipping boy, and there's not 10 ounces of difference nowhere in America – particularly regarding our public schools," he said. "Mississippi's bad rap is absolutely deserved; everything they've been accused of they are guilty. But there's not 10 percent difference between nowhere else in America, regarding the white-black or the rich-poor issue."
"A Mission From God," which includes photos — some never published — is priced at $25 and is available for purchase through Meredith.
In addition to the book tour, Meredith is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Convocation Ceremony at Harvard Graduate School of Education on May 29. He will also receive HGSE's Medal for Education Impact, the highest honor given by the school.
Want to go?
What: Book signing by civil rights activist, author and political adviser James Meredith
When: Saturday, from 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library, 2517 7th St.
Information: (601) 693-6771