Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till's lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear of hunger, hell, and the Devil. But now there was...the fear of being killed just because I was black." In that moment was born the passion for freedom and justice that would change her life.An all-A student whose dream of going to college is realized when she wins a basketball scholarship, she finally dares to join the NAACP in her junior year. Through the NAACP and later through CORE and SNCC she has first-hand experience of the demonstrations and sit-ins that were the mainstay of the civil rights movement, and the arrests and jailings, the shotguns, fire hoses, police dogs, billy clubs and deadly force that were used to destroy it.A deeply personal story but also a portrait of a turning point in our nation's destiny, this autobiography lets us see history in the making, through the eyes of one of the footsoldiers in the civil rights movement.
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"This memoir poses significant challenges for the narrator. She must capture the essence of the author from an unschooled 4-year-old to a polished adult writer. Lisa Renee Pitts carries it off well. In addition, she gives individual characters just enough difference in tone that extended conversations sound like multiple people reading. And when an incident in a movie theater forces the author to confront the realities of racism, the anguish and eventual anger in her voice are palpable. Later, after the lynching of Emmett Till, she talks of knowing "the fear of hunger, hell, and the devil. But now there was the fear of being killed just because I was black." This is a powerful book rendered all the more powerful by an intimate reading that makes the author and her words come alive. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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