Civil Rights Icon James Meredith visits Hernando on Book Tour

Civil Rights Icon James Meredith visits Hernando on Book Tour

The man who made history for Ole Miss made another historic visit to the state of Mississippi Wednesday.
HERNANDO, MS (localmemphis.com) - James Meredith was the first African-American student admitted to the University of Mississippi.

With a smile on his face, James Meredith told a crowd of nearly one hundred at the Hernando Library that Hernando was the only place he ever got shot.

He's able to laugh now, but as he experienced first hand, the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi was at times terrifying.

Meredith was shot three times in 1966 while marching to Jackson on a mission to rally African Americans to vote.

Wednesday, Meredith talked about his new book "A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America." He says he believes Mississippi is the key to raising a smarter, better generation.

"I think Mississippi is going to provide the answer to the way we train up our children in America, particularly those children that have to have public school education in order to have a fair break," said Meredith.

Meredith will be promoting his book at almost every library in Mississippi in 2013.
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