James Meredith is a civil rights icon, the first black student at Ole Miss. A while back my son Tyler saw him in a local store wearing this “New Miss” cap. He told me about it, and It had an impact on me. I may be a little idealistic, but to me, it was a symbol of hope that Mississippi would one day escape its racially divisive history. I searched online to see if I could buy one somewhere, but couldn’t find one. So I designed the emblem and had it embroidered. The next time I saw Mr. Meredith I gave one to him. Looks better on him!
I finally met (virtually) the original person who dreamed up the concept: Photographer Suzi Altman. Great photographer, and social justice crusader. You can purchase a hat or t-shirt here. Hopefully more merchandise to come later.