Without remorse for her bitter assessments, Moody clinically describes the festering wound of racism in American life. Moody is as candid about herself as she is about others. She frankly confesses the self-loathing that she feels, making nothing of the fact that this may be one of the cruelest consequences of racism. She is also frank about the deficiencies of her background, about her social awkwardness, and about her confusions and doubts.
She also provides a telling glimpse into that period in southern culture between and when African Americans still labored in fields as sharecroppers for white landowners but growing unrest led to the emergence of the Civil Rights movement. Dividing her autobiography into four distinct parts, she covers her education in segregated primary and secondary schools then relates her experiences in college and later as a civil rights activist.
The Moody family was constantly moving from one run-down shack without electricity or plumbing to another, barely surviving on bread and beans with occasional table scraps from white employers. Anne helped by caring for her younger siblings and then working as a housecleaner and babysitter for white landowners.
She was unaware of any racial divide until, when she was seven, she and two siblings followed some white playmates into the segregated lobby of a local movie theater.
The ensuing ruckus brought her the sad realization that she was perceived as inferior to whites. Rather than railing at the unfairness of this perception, she became an observer, an inquisitor into the strange idea that skin color had anything to do with who she was.
Moody attended segregated schools, initially accepting her status because she was eager to learn. For a while, she feared for her own life, never before having thought of herself as vulnerable to violence just because of her race.
She also feared that her deficient education would hurt her chances to go to college, but she was awarded a basketball scholarship to Natchez Junior College and there proved her mettle academically.
Discrimination was rife within the African American community, with lighter shades of skin deemed the most desirable. The dark-skinned Moody forged ahead and made a name for herself. Beatings, burnings, and murder threats often resulted.
Inat a Jackson, Mississippi, Woolworth lunch counter sit-in, Moody was slapped across the face and slammed into a wall. She was doused with ketchup, mustard, sugar, and pies and witnessed a fellow demonstrator having salt rubbed into his bleeding wound.
About ninety police officers stood outside, bearing silent witness for three hours. Once she was held captive with other protesters on a hot summer day, without water or air, in a paddy wagon with the heat turned on full blast.
Finding little time for proper eating or adequate sleep while fighting for civil rights, she was on the verge of mental and physical collapse. Eventually, believing that racism was too deeply ingrained in the South for any serious change to occur, she dropped her associations and gained some catharsis through her writing.
Her pain led her to a somewhat reclusive life, however, and she remained out of the limelight, refusing requests for interviews.Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club – November 8 Hon. Kevin Yeary Please join us to hear from this week’s featured speaker, Hon.
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