Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #9: We Shall Overcome?


Last year on our way to and from getting married in New Orleans, my now husband and I went on a civil rights pilgrimage. We went to Montgomery and Birmingham; we went to Selma. We drove the Pettus Bridge there in Selma a dozen times, imagining, feeling a weighty sadness all over. I want to say we went to see how we were, that we went to see an extinct ugliness. But we went to see how we are as much as anything. Civil rights for black folks isn’t yesterday, isn’t fifty years ago, it’s right now. We forget far too easily.

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Fiction and Poetry

  1. On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems by Rita Dove
  2. Dreamer by Charles Johnson




  1. March, Book One by Nate Powell, John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin
  2. March, Book Two by Nate Powell, John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin
  3. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire
  4. Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965 by Vicki L. Crawford


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Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →