Anne Moody: A Woman Of Color In Mississippi

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Anne Moody, known by Essie Mae to her friends and family, lived a life of constant struggle growing up a woman of color in the south. In her lifetime she dealt with racism, prejudice, discrimination, poverty, and extreme violence. She was a hard working, determined individual set on finding answers in a close minded world. Her childhood, relationships with whites and blacks, educational experience and own desires shaped and had a great influence on who she was and what she became. Throughout the struggle, Anne maintained a firm belief that the treatment towards blacks in Mississippi was unjust and unwarranted and she became an advocate of civil rights and was a devout member of this movement. Despite her belief in equality for all African Americans, her early childhood and adolescent experiences jaded her and her ability to believe that the battle against whites and blacks could actually be won. Anne was born on a plantation and lived in a one bedroom house with her father, mother, younger sister and eventually her younger brother. Both of Anne’s parents worked in the fields 6…show more content…
I believe Anne faced so many struggles in her young life that the sense bad prevailing over good was too much for her to shake. Anne remarks in the middle of her book that even though things were going so good in her life, she was still waiting for the bottom to fall out, because it always did. I believe Anne’s difficult life made her extremely strong willed and determined which is what helped her through the brutality she suffered being apart of the movement. But the difficulties she faced as a child and young adult made it almost impossible for Anne to actually put all of her faith in the fact that change could actually come for African Americans not only in Mississippi, but across the
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