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What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul While both Anne Moody in Coming of Age in Mississippi and Tom Dent Southern Journey use themes of racism and oppression to explain post Slavery America Moody activism rose upon the frustration of first hand witnessing the mistreatment of Negro people while growing up in Mississippi while Dent New Orleans sheltered background caused him to become an activist to publicize the Civil Rights movement Both activists had a common understanding that there needed to be a change in the South especially in Mississippi Although in Moodys novel Coming of Age in Mississippi the reassuring theme of the division among blacks due to fear of the white oppressors and in Toms Dent novel Southern Journey theme of struggling for social justice for Negro people both authors understood the importance for Negro people to be able to come together vote and have a voice in electing people who are making laws that affect every citizenFrom slavery to the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement Negro people have held on to the promising theory that God would make things better and if they never got to see that time they knew there was no suffering in the kingdom of God Moody knew it would take more than God to get things to change in Mississippi Moody seen the killing of Emmitt Till and the beatings of Negros and she was fed up with it so when the opportunity presented itself Anne Moody took it at all cost She had the mindset that with God on her side and being an activist she could be a part of that change in the south She could get people all rallied up to vote so that their voice could be heard I will be my own God living my life I see fitMoody 349As the years went by Anne Mood begging to questioned everything
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