After the awareness of the numerous organizations that rallied for equality, Anne dove into the Civil RIghts Movement.
This is where she got to voice her opinions and receive the outlet she had needed in her childhood. Even though, her yearn to fight was once against her it became more existent after college She wanted to make a difference in her community and around her. She believed it was her duty to help blacks to attain the rights whites had. She got involved in rallies and sit-ins, recounting the time when she partook in the sit-in at Woolworths in Jackson. Condiments and drinks were poured onto her and the other participants. ” The mob starrted smearing us with ketchup, mustard, sugar, pies, and everything on the counter.” One big reason for her involvement was the killing of Emmet Till during that time.
The case showed her the amount of rights black men and white men had were not equal. Black men are faced with the harshness of interacting with white woman, while white men are excused from their interaction with white women. The disgust she had for whites, and the dissappointment for blacks became the pinpoint within the civil rights movement.
Skin color had a bigger meaning while growing up them priviledge did.Anne did not fit into the typical activists demeanor. She did not advocate about religion like most. Questioning about the involvement of church in the Civil Rights Movement. Writing “Pray, Pray, George! Why the hell should i be praying all the time? We’ve been praying far too long(Coming Of Age pg.
350). Anne had her own thoughts she did not go along and agree with everything higher leaders of the Civil Rights Movement had to say. She always fought for what she believed in. Nothing was more daunting to the whites was to see a black woman, like Anne stand for something she believed in. Stating “In the beginning I never really saw myself as a writer”. I was first and foremost an activist in the civil rights movement in Mississippi( Mississippi Writers Page). The lack of progress in Civil Rights Movement makes her believe if all the work put in is really worth it.
Her fight was always in her but was fueled by her familys resistance, and her hope to be equal that made her into the activist she had became. In the end you see the experiences she faced and went through had a massive impact on her life. “I sat there listening to ‘We Shall Overcome,’ looking out of the window and the passing Mississippi landscape. Images of all that had happened kept crossing my mind. All she thought to herself was, “I wonder. I really WONDER.”(Coming of Age in Miss.)