Coming of Age in Mississippi Summary

Anne Moody

At a Glance

Coming of Age in Mississippi recounts the true story of narrator Anne Moody's coming of age during the civil rights movement. Her parents are sharecroppers, and her father deserts the family when Anne is just a child. In elementary school, Anne maintains excellent grades while working after school to help support her family.

  • After entering high school, Anne realizes that racial tensions are escalating in her hometown of Centreville. A black boy is killed for whistling at a white woman, and many other attacks occur in the following years.
  • Anne earns a scholarship to Tugaloo College, where she becomes involved in the civil rights movement and organizes several voter registration drives. This results in death threats from disgruntled whites determined to prevent African Americans from gaining political power.
  • Fearing for her life, Anne briefly moves from Canton, Mississippi, to New Orleans to live with her sister. She later returns to Canton and joins a delegation heading to Washington, DC, to testify in front of Congress.


(Nonfiction Classics for Students)

Part One: Childhood
The narrator of Coming of Age in Mississippi Anne Moody...

(The entire section is 1315 words.)