Coming of Age in Mississippi

Overview
Unable to live with the violence and poverty that is part of black life in the early 20th-century South, Anne Moody becomes a civil rights activist. Her autobiography captures her personal struggles with racism and recalls the triumphs and setbacks of the civil rights movement.
We Shall Overcome?
White Violence & Emmett Till
Personal Transformation
SNCC
NAACP
Core
Violent opposition makes Moody wonder if the civil rights movement will succeed.
Moody becomes an activist after the lynching of Emmett Till, a black teen.
Moody works hard to transcend poverty, racism, and sexism while growing up.
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; mobilized black youth to participate in civil rights demonstrations like sit-ins.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; focused on legal challenges to segregation and voting rights restrictions
Congress of Racial Equality; organized efforts to register black voters and integrate services like buses in the South
Key Organizations
Trapped in old ways, white and black southemera resist change.
Struggle of social Change
Physical and psychological aggression reinforce segregation.
Racism as Violence
Themes
The daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, Moody was barred from her hometown when she became a civil rights activist. Coming of Age in Mississippi is her honest, critical account of southern society and the civil rights movement. She later moved to New York and worked in campus activism and community counseling.
Poverty's Oppression
ANNE MOODY1940-2015
Dashner is best known for his page-turning, action-packed, young adult series, including the Jimmy Fincher series and The Maze Runner series. Inspired by movies and Stephen King’s novels, Dashner always wanted to be a writer and pursued a writing career after being an accountant.
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