Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story—the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up Black in Mississippi in the forties and fifties—and to have survived with pride and courage intact.
In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of the Black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work; an accurate, authoritative portrait of Black family life in the rural South and a moving account of a woman's indomitable heart.