Man on a Mission: James Meredith and the Battle of OLE Miss

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University of Arkansas Press
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6.93 X 9.84 X 0.39 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Aram Goudsouzian is the Bizot Family Professor of History at the University of Memphis and the author of several books, including Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear.

Bill Murray has, over a long career, illustrated many editorial cartoons and several nationally syndicated comic strips. His work has appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Ebony, Jet, Reader's Digest, the Chicago Defender, and USA Today. He also creates the weekly strip Sonny Boy for the New Pittsburgh Courier.

Vijay Shah, an independent scholar, has worked in publishing for many years.


"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