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Born James Howard Meredith in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Finished high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he lived with an aunt and uncle. Served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1960, becoming a sergeant; took extension courses while in the service. Attended Jackson State College from 1960 to 1962. Submitted application to University of Mississippi in January 1961; won legal battle over admission in June 1962 and graduated in August of the next year, first African-American to do so. Studied economics at University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1964-65); entered law school at Columbia University. In June 1966, on "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, was victim of assassination attempt. In 1967 ran unsuccessfully for Congress in special election in New York City against Adam Clayton Powell Jr.; earned Columbia J.D. degree in 1968. Moved back to Jackson, Mississippi in 1971; started several businesses and Reunification Under God Church, and lectured widely. Ran unsuccessfully in Republican primary in Mississippi for congressional seat in 1972, and for a number of other public offices. Taught Afro-American Studies at University of Cincinnati (1984-85). In 1989 worked on staff of Senator Jesse Helms; in 1991 founded Meredith Publishing in Jackson. Author of Three Years in Mississippi (1966) and Mississippi: A Volume of Eleven Books (1994).