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After Coming of Age in Mississippi
February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This program is free and open to the public.
The “Race and the Promise of Participation” series, organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and supported by the Graham Center, concludes with a talk from Leigh Ann Wheeler titled “Anne Moody and Voting Rights in the Era of Black Power.”
Anne Moody is best known for her civil rights activism and her acclaimed memoir, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968). Until now, no one has known what happened in Moody’s life after her memoir ends in 1964. This talk will show how Anne Moody’s thinking about civil rights evolved in response to her experiences in the South and then in the North. It will also show how Black Power brought voting rights to Moody’s hometown of Wilkinson County, Mississippi.
Leigh Ann Wheeler is professor of history at Binghamton University, a former editor of the Journal of Women’s History, and the author of two monographs. She was awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship for 2019-2020 to work on her current project, the biography of Anne Moody.