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Common Reading Initiative

2015 Selection: Coming of Age in Mississippi

Coming of Age in Mississippi

This year The W's Common Reading Initiative (CRI) is Anne Moody's autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968).  The book was selected in part to prompt campus-wide discussion of race, race relations, and the history of integration and civil rights.  Next year, beginning in Fall 2016, The W will celebrate a very important moment in its history--the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the institution.  In the coming weeks and months you will hear more about our plans for the commemoration, but our work to prepare really begins by understanding more about the context of the times.  Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi will help us get a feel for what life was like for a young person growing up in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s. 

About the Common Reading Initiative

The Common Reading Initiative (CRI) at Mississippi University for Women draws on our rich literary heritage and builds on The W's tradition of excellence in teaching to:

  • Develop intellectual community among students, staff, and faculty outside the traditional classroom,
  • Foster intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and responsibility among all groups,
  • Deepen understanding of issues raised in significant books, and
  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage socially in meaningful ways.


Book cover used with permission of Penguin Random House Academic Resources.
Photo by Fred Blackwell/Jackson Daily News, used with permission of the Clarion-Ledger, Gannett.