Anne Moody is involved in grassroots activism, including working for CORE in rural Mississippi. In her work trying to register African Americans to vote, she sees that people are so poor that voting is not their first concern. They are worried about bread-and-butter issues, such as their jobs, putting food on the table, and having clothing in which to dress their children. In addition, they are afraid that if they register to vote, they will be threatened and might lose their jobs.
When Moody sees Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights leaders at the 1963 March on Washington, she feels that they are out of touch with the reality on the ground in rural Mississippi. They do not understand the reality of poverty and the impoverished's need to worry about survival before they focus on dreams. In addition, she does not feel that non-violence is always going to protect African Americans in the South, where their lives are constantly in danger. She feels that King and other leaders are not focused enough on the material reality of African Americans in the South.