Essay Coming Of Age By Anne Moody

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Growing up poor, underprivileged, undereducated and scared in the land of the free and the home of the brave is an almost perfect oxymoron. In her autobiographical book Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody proves this oxymoron to be fact. Nothing is perfect but a person should be given a chance regardless of the color of their skin. Moody sheds light on a place that is determined to keep black people enslaved although the Civil War has been fought, the African Slave freed, rights of citizenship and liberty belonged to all Americans. In Jim Crow Mississippi those liberties are stripped away daily by segregation and terrorism heaped upon its black citizen buy its white citizens. There are days now when one has to look at the calendar to make sure that Jim Crow has not raised up completely again from the grave and spread across this country.
Through her activism and autobiography Anne Moody opened minds to shed light upon racism that will never be closed. She penned the thoughts, fears, and social activism of her generation and for generations to come. In the last scene of her autobiography she is asked, on a bus leaving the South, by a fellow Civil Rights worker if things would be put right once they get to Washington D. C. The last words Moody utters are, “I wonder. I wonder.” She was attacked physically and verbally during a sit-in at an all white lunch counter in Jackson, MS and her life was threaten by racist in her hometown of Centerville, MS during the…

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