Coming of Age in Mississippi

by Anne Moody

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How does Anne express herself after being disillusioned with MLK?

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Anne Moody writes about attending the March on Washington in 1963. She says that she discovers that there are "dreamers" leading the Civil Rights movement instead of real leaders, and she feels that the people in rural Mississippi where she had worked to register African Americans to vote do not have time to sleep, never mind dreaming.

Later, when she prays to God, she says, "nonviolence is out" (349). She is tired of being the brunt of white people's violence and aggression, and she tells God to tell Martin Luther King, who might also be praying to God, that nonviolence has taken black people as far as it can. Now, she is resolved never to be beaten by a white person again, as she was at Woolworth's. She later says that she thinks Martin Luther King is without sense if he thinks non-violence will work for the South the way it worked for India. She believes that he is out of touch with where the movement is going, and she feels that the leaders of the Civil Rights movement do not understand the needs of African American people in rural Mississippi, who do not have their basic needs met.

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