Teen Author Forum
Monday, February 23, 2009
with Freedom Rider, Miller Green
Featured Book: Breach of Peace:
Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi
Eric is an accomplished journalist and photographer. He was an editor at several magazines including The Nation, Harper’s, 7 Days, Rolling Stone and the New York Observer.
Breach of Peace is a book about the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, a photo-history told in images old and new. The book features new portraits of 80 Riders and the mug shots of all 328 Riders arrested in Jackson that year, along with excerpts of interviews with the featured Riders.
In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans – blacks and whites, men and women – entered Southern bus and train stations to challenge the segregated waiting rooms, lunch counters and bathrooms. The Supreme Court had ruled that such segregation was illegal, and the Riders were trying to force the federal government to enforce that decision.