Meredith Provides Inspiration to Fans

A civil rights figure also attracted a crowd as he signed copies of his new book on Saturday.

James Meredith was on hand at the Meridian - Lauderdale County Public Library to sign copies of "A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America." Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi back in 1962. Newscenter 11 talked to fans who were honored to meet Meredith.

"First, I was grateful to him for going to Ole Miss and giving me the opportunity," Renecia Willis said. "But after hearing him speak today, I realized his purpose for being there was bigger than he was."

"He means a lot to me," Anthony McClinton said. "I'll be attending Ole Miss in the fall, so it's really neat to come and pay homage to him."

Meredith was born in Kosciusko. He will be 80 years old in June.

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