Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders is a book that features over seventy contemporary photographs, alongside the original mug shots, and exclusive interviews with former Freedom Riders.
“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.”
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