Ordinary Lives: Memoirs of American Woman

Anne Moody

Coming of Age in Mississippi


  • Born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi on September 15, 1940.
  • Attended Nachez Junior College on a basketball scholarship and later graduated from Tougaloo College with a B.S. (1964).
  • During college, became involved in the Civil Rights Movement with organizations like the NAACP, CORE, and SNCC. Involved in the famous integration of Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in in Jackson, Mississippi. Later participated in the March on Washington when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.
  • Married Austin Stratus and had one child, Sascha. Divorced in 1967.
  • Moved north, and became increasingly militant, when the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi seemed to be making little progress.


  • Saw herself more as a civil rights activist than a writer.
  • Worked as a civil rights project coordinator at Cornell University in 1964-65. Relocated to New York City.
  • In 1969, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1974) 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.
  • Continues to live in New York and write, but grants no interviews and does not make public appearances

Major Writings

Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968)
Mr. Death: Four Stories (1975)

Critical Sources and Reviews

Retired Discussion Series

Debbie Sturman, Director
425 South Main Street, P O Box 510
Lusk, WY 82225-0510
Phone: 307-334-3490
© 2018, Niobrara County Library