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The word odyssey refers to a journey or a trip. An odyssey can be either a literal or figurative journey. It is always a writer's goal to take his or her readers on a journey. This book is the 2nd edition of Odyssey which is a collection of Meredith Coleman McGee's writings from 1994 to 2018. The book includes poems, speeches, articles and a leadership study comparing the leadership styles of Ray Kroc (McDonald's), Sam Walton (WALMART), and Dave Thomas (Wendy's) with 12 business leaders from the southern United States.

I have known Meredith Coleman McGee for over 10 years; our mothers are long-time friends. Meredith Coleman McGee is a writer, publisher, acquisition editor and community activist promoting literacy and writing in her community. Meredith is the embodiment of the Kwanzaa principles, Kujichagulia, self-determination and Kuumba, creativity. She defines herself and as a publisher she helps others define, defend and develop themselves. Her activism is all about leaving her community better than she found it. She is committed to not only being a creative force herself but also helps others harness their creative energies. She is an active member and supporter of our book club, SANKOFA Reading Group.

ODYSSEY is inspired in part by her rich family legacy bestowed to her by her maternal great-grandmother, Roxie Hickman Patterson, her maternal uncle, James Meredith (the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi) and her mother, Hazel Meredith Coleman Hall.

ODYSSEY's poetry is based on family experiences, personal pain and African American history. The reader learns about trials and accomplishments of Meredith Coleman McGee's extended family, her ancestors, her parents, her sister, her nieces, and historical figures such as Congressman John Roy Lynch.

In addition to poetry, ODYSSEY contains speeches and articles written by Meredith Coleman McGee. The speeches and articles reflect Meredith Coleman McGee's community activism. Her commitment to promoting literacy is reflected in her campaign to form a group to support the Richard Wright Public Library in Jackson, Mississippi. Most of her articles were originally published in the Jackson Advocate newspaper.

ODYSSEY introduces the reader to a writer, activist, poet, publisher, and family member who is changing her community and making it better. The second edition of ODYSSEY expands on the work of the original volume. The reader will be changed and inspired by this book.

by Angela D. Stewart, Founder/President, SANKOFA Reading Group

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987002461
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: Poems, speeches, articles, study
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Meredith Coleman McGee is the author of Nashida: Visits the Mississippi State Capitol, a children’s book, Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum; Odyssey, James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him, and the co-author of Married to Sin and Casada al Pecado Spanish edition.

Her poetry is published in several anthologies: Virtues from the heart and Timeless Voices. She is the lead author for My First Book Series which is affiliated with the Community Library Initiative of Jackson, MS

Meredith Coleman McGee was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a professional writer for Typing Solutions Résumés & Etc, and a contributing writer for the Jackson Advocate

McGee is the publisher/acquisition editor of Meredith Etc, a small press, and the blog administrator of She was previously the acquisition editor at Mose Dantzler Press, a community organizer for Southern Echo, a business developer for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, the assistant director of development at Voice of Calvary Ministries, a paralegal, and a convenience store owner.

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reading4pleasure More than 1 year ago
Meredith Coleman McGee's writings challenge our democracy. One of the new poems in this edition "What of Life if Liberty is a Joke? hits multiple tiers of social justice issues. She condemn debtor's prison, unjustifiable police murders, community violence, and the conditions of poverty. The line "Why is a patent so high?" reminds us that everyone doesn't have equal access to opportunities. She speaks with common wit. A line from one of her speeches declared, "Don't let anybody fool you, it's cool to be smart. Smart people get the good jobs..." Another speech challenged the policies in her local library system. The article section reveals some of the happening in her hometown of Jackson, MS. Plus, there are several informative articles on her uncle, James Meredith, an college integration pioneer, in Chapter 4 "Something Written." McGee has something to say. She throws hard balls. This book is a good read. Frances Mays
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Odyssey is a book for everyone. I was impressed. Lynch Street, a poem about John R. Lynch, is history. I learned a history lesson in this poem. I live in Jackson, MS and I was told that Lynch Street was named after a black man who was lynched which is false. Mr. Lynch was a black politician in the 1870s. All of Meredith Coleman McGee’s poems relate to every day life. There are stories about James Meredith; he is history. My first thought about poems is poetry that rhymes and is boring. I’ve never been into poetry, but this book is not ordinary; these poems, tell stories, is history, and is very interesting. I recommend this book to any and every one. It is a good read.