Her sobering depiction of what it feels like to be Black, to be a young girl and then a woman, to go hungry and poor, to feel the pain of daily racist interactions that occur, and to be outraged by the vanity, arrogance and privilege of white society that has been produced from the oppression and exploitation of Black people, created an unforgettable image that characterized southern society.
Moody never thought of herself as an artist or author, but rather as a civil rights activist. This did not stop her, however, from receiving many awards for literary accomplishments. In 1969, Coming Of Age In Mississippi received the Brotherhood Award from the National Council of Christians and Jews and the Best Book Of The Year Award from the National Library Association.
During her career as an activist, Moody spoke, organized and participated in many civil rights activities such as the famous Woolworth luncheon sit-in and the March on Washington (the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I had a dream" speech). Her political outlook and activist strategy was integrationist. She spoke and worked for equal access, equal opportunity and racial equality with white people. She worked primarily with The Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which was a large role-player in organizing in Mississippi. The movement to abolish Jim Crow laws of segregation and discrimination in that state, particularly the Freedom Summer Project that Moody organized, aimed at changing human relationships, at developing individual and collective empowerment, and at making a world that strove to be egalitarian, cooperative and non-violent. The moral and political morass in Mississippi could no longer be ignored.
Moody's autobiography not only allows the reader to feel the pa