Freedom Riders Photographer to Lecture at NWU

A journalist and photographer whose popular then-and-now photos of individuals who had taken part in the Freedom Rides of 1961 will give an upcoming lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Mississippi native Eric Etheridge will present the lecture, “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders” on Thursday, November 12 at 1 p.m.

In 2006, The New York Times Magazine published a selection of his then-and-now Freedom Riders photos. Etheridge had found mug shots of the arrested Riders in the files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, and he photographed a number of the former Riders whom he was able to track down. Etheridge is a former editor at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, and Harpers. He was also the initial editor of George, the magazine co-founded by John F. Kennedy, Jr.

One of the Freedom Riders who Etheridge photographed will accompany him during the lecture. Etheridge’s lecture will be held in Olin B Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.