Anne Moody's Coming Of Age In Mississippi

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Book Review Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. New York: Dell Publishing, 1968. Coming of Age in Mississippi takes you through the experience of a black female’s (Anne Moody) life from her childhood through her young adult life during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Through her moving account of what it was like to be black in the South, especially Mississippi, one could place themselves at her side and experience it for oneself. Even as a child, Anne (born Essie Mae) was one that stood up for herself as a Negro to the whites that did not give her respect. The rebellious attitude of her childhood would give her the confidence to lead her to immerse herself in the Movement. 1. Mrs. Claiborne While working for Mrs. Claiborne she gains a sense of worth. The Claibornes invite her to dinner and have her sit…show more content…
Her participation would also have consequences for her family back home—the sheriff told advised she never return because he would not be responsible to what happened to her, her brother was almost lynched, and her Uncle Buck had been beaten by a group of white men. 9. Martin Luther King’s Dream Not Hers Anne attended the March on Washington with the thousands of others. As she listened to the speakers she says, “We had ‘dreamers’ instead of leaders leading us. Martin Luther King went on and on talking about his dream. I sat there thinking that in Canton we never had time to sleep, much less dream” (307). Anne never seems to get absorbed in the moment of the march because of her experiences in Canton. She does not seem to be hopeful as Dr. King. 10. Efforts Pay
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