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Coming of Age in Mississippi 2

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Coming of Age in Mississippi Anne Moody Anne Moody, a celebrated civil rights activist, is the acclaimed author of her autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi , which chronicles her life and work through the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the United States. From a young and naïve daughter of Southern sharecroppers, to a severe and rigorous advocate for African American rights, Moody discovered through numerous experiences and life stories just how intense and callous the Deep South of America truly was during this time period. In order to bypass and completely overtake her girlish denial, Moody allowed herself to be both affected and concerned with the death of a young African American her age, her college experiences as a student member of several civil rights organizations, and in the end, facing herself and finding out once and for all what it was she believed in and how she wanted the country to change for the betterment of an entire race of people. The exposure to the murder of fourteen year-old Emmett Till in 1955 Mississippi sparked radical attention in the author. Due to the fact that the case was based around the mishap of a young African American boy who so-called disrespected a white female, Moody was then convinced no matter what the cause or the effect, there would always be an excuse for the “white superiority” of American society to act out with sadistic behavior and attitudes against those who did not share their outward features and/or stances. Also, it was then she had a sudden epiphany and fought against the denial and naivety she possessed concerning that an actual human being could perform such acts. “Up until his death, I had heard of Negroes found floating in a river or dead somewhere with their bodies riddled with bullets…I had lived in fear of that ‘Evil Spirit’. It
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took me eight years to learn what that evil spirit was” (Moody 127). The kidnapping, beating, and eventual lynching of Till raised the bar on taking such brutality and aggression against another race to an entirely different height. Until this key incident had occurred, Moody never perceived this kind of ignorant violence and discrimination would exist, or that it could be targeted towards her personally and specifically. Such misdemeanors illustrated the raw truth of what was ensuing all throughout the South and the entire United States, even if she was not
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