Overcoming Racial Endeavors
Coming of age in Mississippi is filled with examples of the hatred that existed between blacks and whites in the 1950's and 60's.The main character experiences racism, but the end is filled with joy and peace. The main character is Essie Mae, who is really Anne Moody herself. She struggles through the difficulties of racism between the blacks and whites in a small town in Mississippi called Centerville. Her personality changes as her life progresses and the killing begins. Anne Moody is a smart, intelligent, black girl who grew up into a beautiful and wise woman.
Anne Moody was the oldest of nine children, born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi on 15th September 1940, to Fred and Elnire Moody. As a child, she attended segregated schools. She grew up during the civil rights movement. She overcame obstacles such as discrimination and hunger as she struggled to survive childhood.
As Anne entered high school, she was a good student, excelling in all her classes. She was also well liked by her peers and had the honor of being crowned homecoming queen. An outstanding athlete, she was a member of the basketball team and the tumbling team. Because of the problems between Anne and Raymond, Moody chose to move to Woodville to live with her father just before her senior year of high school. Anne's family was poor so she worked hard in the homes and businesses of white people to support herself and to put herself through college. Anne spent her summer vacations working in New Orleans and Baton Rouge where she lived with family members.
Moody got involved with the Civil Rights Movement while in college. She joined the NAACP, CORE, and SNCC to help blacks in the south to vote. Officials in Mississippi were against blacks...