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Ann Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi

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While at Tougaloo College she worked with the NAACP, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), culminating in her personal involvement in the integration of Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi. Eventually Coming of Age also gives the reader an indication of the motivations for the author’s turn toward militancy and her eventual move to New York City, where she now resides.
The author deftly draws for the reader a searing and compelling autobiographical perspective of what life was like for her in the rural Deep South during the nineteen forties and fifties, when she was growing up. It also gives a birds-eye view of the civil rights movement of the early nineteen sixties.
Written by Ms. Moody when she was twenty eight, it is a damning portrait of what life was like for African-Americans in the Deep South. In the Coming of Age in Mississippi, she depicts what it was like to grow up in the South as a poor African American. Instead of focusing the book on the years she spent in the civil rights movement, she chose to start from when she was a child at age four. Narrating her life throughout the book, Moody illustrates why the civil rights movement was such a necessity by exemplifying the physical, economic, and social racial injustices that took place in society from the beginning of her childhood to her action in the movement for civil rights.