Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

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The autobiography “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” by Anne Moody is the story of her life as a poor black girl growing into adulthood. Moody chose to start at the beginning - when she was four-years-old, the child of poor sharecroppers working for a white farmer. In telling the story of her life, Moody shows why the civil rights movement was such a necessity, she joined the NAACP to be a rebel, an also showed the depth of the injustices they suffered. In her story, Anne talked about how whites and blacks were segregated in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Through most of her childhood experiences she learns the social significance of race on her own because her mother avoids confronting the issue because she feels society cannot be changed. The sit -in was her own first hand confrontation, in her story she went through segregation and the consequences of the brutality in her own time period of life. African Americans had been given voting and citizen rights, but did not and to a certain degree, still cannot enjoy these rights. The southern economy that Anne Moody was born into in the 40's was one that was governed and ruled by a bunch of whites, many of which who very prejudice and insisted on separate but equal rights. “Now that I was thinking about it, their schools, homes, and streets were better than mine.” But as I sit here and think about the facts I can’t help but wonder why we are considered so different is it because of my color or where I came from an what should I do but live my life to its fullest extent. ‘As I sat there in the depths off, my decision I truly haven’t understood why these white’s were so judgmental, as they continue to put us down by throwing condiments on us. I truly under estimated the true power of being a Negro that’s why I continue to make the decision to sit here.’ In the late time period of her life she over went through the cruelty of the people 1960’s segregation until the beginning of the 20th century.

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