Authors@Google: Eric Etheridge
Eric Etheridge visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book "Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders." This event took place on June 24, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series. Breach of Peace celebrates the Freedom Riders, featuring rare-seen mug shots alongside stunning contemporary portraits. In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans—blacks and whites, men and women—converged on Jackson, Mississippi, to challenge state segregation laws. The Freedom Riders, as they came to be known, were determined to open up the South to civil rights: it was illegal for bus and train stations to discriminate, but most did and were not interested in change. Over 300 people were arrested and convicted of the charge "breach of the peace." Collected here in a richly illustrated, large-format book featuring over seventy contemporary photographs, alongside the original mug shots, and exclusive interviews with former Freedom Riders, is that testament: a moving archive of a chapter in U.S. history that hasn't yet closed. A journalist and photographer, Eric Etheridge grew up in Carthage, Mississippi. He is a former editor at Rolling Stone, The New York Observer and Harper's. In 1995, he co-founded the magazine George with John F. Kennedy, Jr.