In "Coming of Age in Mississippi," how does Anne Moody become disillusioned with the civil rights leaders of her time?

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Anne Moody comes to think of the civil rights movement's leadership as being out of touch with African Americans. She thinks they're dreamers, great at making inspiring speeches, but not so good at addressing bread-and-butter issues such as poverty, housing, and social welfare. Anne accepts that formal legal equality and voting rights are essential goals for the civil rights movement; Anne herself participates in voting drives with CORE. Yet she feels that too much weight is placed upon such goals at the expense of the dire necessities of everyday life such as food and clothing.

Lofty rhetoric is all very well, but it can't put food on the table or clothes on people's backs. Eloquent speeches and civil rights marches may gain a lot of media attention, but once the cameras have been switched off and the reporters have returned home, African Americans still have to engage in the daily struggle for existence. And it's that struggle, according to Anne, that the civil rights movement has...

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