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.
Fiction and Poetry
- March, Book One by Nate Powell, John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin
- March, Book Two by Nate Powell, John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin
- 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
- Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965 by Vicki L. Crawford
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