Social media and online video commemorate 50th anniversary of Freedom Riders
Posted by Tiffany Campbell
This month marks 50 years since the men and women known as the Freedom Riders rode buses into parts of the segregated Southern U.S., where the civil rights activists were met with arrests and violence.
Around the country, some of the original riders have been joining students and others to take another trip and retrace their route.
Students have been documenting their ride through images, blog posts and video testimonial recaps as part of the 2011 Student Freedom Ride to highlight the PBS documentary, "Freedom Riders". Watch the film online here.
If you follow Anna Holmes, (founder of Jezebel.com) on Twitter, you've probably noticed her own commemoration of the Freedom Riders. She's been changing her Twitter avatar daily through this month to mug shots of the arrested riders, and tweeting some of their background and story from the book "Breach of Peace". More on Holmes and the project from the Wall Street Journal.
Follow her on Twitter @AnnaHolmes. A sampling from her Twitter feed (with today's mugshot to the right):