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Man on a Mission: James Meredith and the Battle of Ole Miss (Paperback)

Man on a Mission: James Meredith and the Battle of Ole Miss By Aram Goudsouzian, Bill Murray (Illustrator), Vijay Shah (Editor) Cover Image
By Aram Goudsouzian, Bill Murray (Illustrator), Vijay Shah (Editor)
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In 1962, James Meredith famously desegregated the University of Mississippi (a.k.a. Ole Miss). As the first Black American admitted to the school, he demonstrated great courage amidst the subsequent political clashes and tragic violence. After President Kennedy summoned federal troops to help maintain order, the South—and America at large—would never be the same.

Man on a Mission depicts Meredith’s relentless pursuit of justice, beginning with his childhood in rural Mississippi and culminating with the confrontation at Ole Miss. A blend of historical research and creative inspiration, this graphic history tells Meredith’s dramatic story in his own singular voice.

From the dawn of the modern civil rights movement, Meredith has offered a unique perspective on democracy, racial equality, and the meaning of America. Man on a Mission presents his captivating saga for a new generation in the era of Black Lives Matter.

About the Author

Bill Murray is a retired chartered surveyor who lives in Dartmouth, UK. 

Praise For…

“Iconic civil rights activist James Meredith always took unorthodox risks to challenge white supremacy. Man on a Mission ensures that a new generation will grow up knowing him, understanding his motivations and grappling with his complex legacy.”
—Robert E. Luckett Jr., Jackson State University

“The story of James Meredith and the integration of the University of Mississippi is often cast as a satisfying morality tale. Meredith’s narrative has even been distilled into four words: ‘courage, knowledge, opportunity and perseverance.’ Man on a Mission seeks to expand the way we see Meredith and his long fight against the forces of white supremacy, making the story into one that is harder to simplify. Aram Goudsouzian’s text and Bill Murray’s illustrations allow the reader to engage with the complicated and contradictory pieces of this important piece of history, allowing us to engage with the past and to see the issues from the past still mirrored in the present.”
—W. Ralph Eubanks, author of A Place Like Mississippi

“Aram Goudsouzian, Bill Murray and Vijay Shah did an excellent job of retracing Meredith’s steps throughout this book. Young readers, if you are a lover of history, a freedom fighter or a true fan of this amazing man and his vast triumphs and tribulations through the 1960s Mississippi, this is the book to read.”
—Pamela D.C. Junior, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, December 2022

Product Details
ISBN: 9781682262122
ISBN-10: 168226212X
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication Date: July 6th, 2022
Pages: 140
Language: English