How does Anne Moody diverge from Martin Luther King’s prescribed path to activism in the book Coming of Age in Mississippi?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There seems to be two primary divergences between Dr. King and Anne Moody.  The first is the method of change both embraced.  I think you can see much in her book, "Coming of Age in Mississippi," where she advocates more of a confrontational and direct approach to social change.  She expresses dissatisfaction with the nonviolent approach advocated through the teachings of Dr. King and others in his camp.  Moody was not advocating violence or anything of that nature, but given her experiences with the Klan at a young age and going out into rural Mississippi and experiencing the brutal conditions of segregation in the South, she felt that a more direct approach to the issue of equality of race in America was needed.  Another point of divergence is that Moody articulates the freedom struggle as both a woman and a person of color.  Dr. King spoke of freedom for all Americans, but did fall silent on addressing the issues of women's activism, as did many leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.  Moody spoke from a perspective of being a woman and an individual of color, two conditions of silence that needed to be articulated in both domains.

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