Leigh Ann Wheeler is a professor of history at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she teaches modern U.S. history, including courses on women, sexuality, sex and law, civil liberties, civil rights, biography, and social movements. She is the author of How Sex Became a Civil Liberty (2014) and Against Obscenity: Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 1873–1935 (2004). A former coeditor of the Journal of Women's History, she also served as a founding senior editor for Oxford University Press's Research Encyclopedia of American History. Since 2018, she has been writing the first biography of Anne Moody, who wrote the unforgettable memoir, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968).
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 shows how her 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.