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James Meredith: Breaking the Barrier

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"James Meredith: Breaking the Barrier" is a compelling illustrated collection of essays that marks the 60th anniversary of a pivotal moment in racial justice and education equity. This volume brings together the voices of ten individuals including former students, journalists, and historians, each providing a unique perspective on James Meredith's courageous journey to become the first African American graduate from the University of Mississippi. Released on August 31, 2022, the book delves into Meredith's determined three-year campaign to dismantle segregation at the university, highlighting both his personal sacrifices and the broader social impact of his actions. From Dorothy Gilliam's exploration of the legal hurdles Meredith faced, to eyewitness accounts of the 1962 campus riot by Sidna Brower Mitchell and Curtis Wilkie, and reflections on Meredith's lasting legacy by former governor William Winter and alumnus Jesse Holland, this collection not only recounts history but also invites readers to reflect on the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Ideal for high school students, this book provides a nuanced exploration of a crucial era in American history, encouraging young readers to ponder how individual bravery can pave the way for widespread social change.
Published by Yoknapatawpha Press on August 31, 2022
162 pages
ISBN: 9780916242909
Best for readers in High School
This book provides valuable insights into Education Equity and Racial Justice, highlighting key issues and advancements within these areas

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