Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 184

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(CIVIL RIGHTS.) James Meredith. Three Years in Mississippi, inscribed to Jack Greenberg. [8], 328 pages. 8vo, publisher's cloth, minimal wear; minimal wear to contents; warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to Jack and Sema Greenberg. In original pictorial dust jacket with minor wear. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, [1966]

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First edition. Meredith tells the story of how he became the first Black student at the heavily segregated University of Mississippi in 1962.

In 1961, Jack Greenberg assumed leadership of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from Thurgood Marshall, not long after James Meredith initiated his legal battle to gain entrance to the University of Mississippi. Along with Constance Baker Motley, he worked to secure Meredith's admission and encouraged him to continue his studies. He and Motley can be seen accompanying Meredith at the university in 1962 newsreel footage, and is mentioned several times in Meredith's account of the ordeal.

Meredith inscribed this copy of his memoir to Greenberg and his wife: "To Jack & Sema, I want to present this book to you as part payment for all that you have done and are doing to make this world a better place in which to live. In many many ways my life would not have been the same if there had not been a Jack and Sema Greenberg, and your view of the world had not been as it is. You are truly wonderful people and I want to thank you for it. Sincerely yours, JH Meredith, 30 May 1966."

Provenance: consigned by Greenberg's adopted son William Cole.