Analysis Of Coming Of Age In Mississippi 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
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According to an article about her death she suffered dementia. “Moody had dementia the past several years and stopped eating two days before she died in her sleep her sister Adline Moody, told the Associated Press…” According to the article she moved back to the state of MS in the 1990s. “Even after Anne Moody returned, she never felt at ease in Mississippi…She was to the point of being paranoid that somebody was always after her…Adeline Moody said.” Dementia is a disease that robs a person of memory but one hopes that she was able to understand that all those things she believed and fought for in the 1950s and1960s helped to voice the battle cry of “Black Lives Matter” being uttered across the world after the killing of Michael Brown

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