Brief biography on James H. Meredith, first African-American to attend Ole Miss
Memphis, TN - (Release Date TBD) - The clamor for Civil Rights by African-Americans is a longstanding call for reform that reached its height in the 1950s to 1960s. It was a struggle for equality and the end of discrimination against color and race. The drama of that period is pivotal in bringing about the America of today, which children should learn to appreciate early in their education. To integrate the story of the Civil Rights and its prominent figures in the education of elementary children is the premise that inspired Dorothy Mays James and Hazel Janell Meredith's A Story about James H. Meredith.
Written in two parts, the book recalls the early and the later on historically significant periods of James Meredith's life, one of the Civil Rights Era's important figures. The first part is recounted by Hazel, who describes Meredith's early life and her unforgettable memories about her brother, then known as J-Boy. She depicts him as a know-all minus the smugness, already passionate about knowledge and education even then. Hazel remembers him saying, "It is necessary to know as much as possible."
Dorothy's half of the book gives a brief timeline of the more historically significant period of Meredith's life. She lists down his most important involvements, including the U.S. Air Force and attending the all-white University of Mississippi. She recalls his more significant achievements in the advocacy for Civil Rights, which include a book on his experience at Ole Miss and the Walk Against Fear, during which he was shot.
Picture-filled and poignant, A Story About James H. Meredith was written to address a lack of literature after a former student of Dorothy James approached her for a paper on Meredith. It seeks to better inform young people about a courageous and dedicated Civil Rights champion and to honor him for his vision and sacrifices, through a sister and a friend's eyes.