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This update features thirteen new essays, with a focus on activism. Highlights include civil rights activists and writers Anne Moody and Sarah Patton Boyle; suffragist Gertrude Weil; environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr; and Peggy Charren, the founder of the advocacy group Action for Children’s Television.
Anne Moody (1940-2015) played a key role in the 1963 sit-in at Woolworth’s in Jackson, Mississippi. A now iconic photo shows her and her two fellow protestors, Lois Chaffee and John Salter, under attack from a crowd of angry whites. Not only did Moody participate in the civil rights movement, she also helped to immortalize it with her bestselling memoir, Coming of Age in Mississippi. A chronicle and critique of the black struggle for civil rights, Coming of Age in Mississippi also stands as a powerful testament to Moody herself, a young black woman with an indomitable spirit and an unwavering commitment to the freedom of her people.