Essay on African Americans Freedom

1656 Words Apr 10th, 2011 7 Pages
The struggles of African Americans to establish their freedom is a big part of American history. From the time of slavery until recent days, changes have taken place to better the lives of many. Names such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Jackie Robinson are names forever recognized and remembered by every American black or white. Many of those people led the way and instituted themselves leaders in the movement which directed everything that is connected to the life of African Americans. The biography of Anne Moody Coming of Age in Mississippi chronicles the many events she lives while enduring the harshness of discrimination. Moody’s traces her life from the age of four to twenty three divided into
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Her naivety is very clear in the description of those events because she does not comprehend the meaning or the connection of those events to racism or discrimination. The lack of exposure to those issues prevents Moody from understanding the extent of those horrific acts she witnesses. Even though Moody questions those acts and wonders about them when African Americans are found dead in various places and by curious methods, inaccurate answers are given to silence the wondering child. Her mother keeps telling her the “evil spirits” are doing the killing. Later on she arrives at the horrific conclusion and comes face to face with those evil spirits.
Though Moody must work to support her family, she progresses in school and achieves academically and athletically. In the second section of her biography she beings to describe her high school years and how she is influenced by them. Before she enters high school, she is very optimistic and still unaware of the reality surrounding the killing and burning of African Americans in the South and the idea of segregation. Since she attends segregated schools all her life, she is made to believe it is just the way the world works. When she questions the reasoning behind the way things are, she is often silenced or given a fabricated account of the truth. Her frustration becomes more evident as she grows older because her questions are growing along

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