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FEATURED TALK "AN ORDINARY HERO: LESSONS FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT" FRIDAY, MARCH 23 AT 12 PM
What was it like being in on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement? Learn from the 2015 Freedom Award recipient as she shares her remarkable story and clips from the award-winning documentary ("An Ordinary Hero") that the National Civil Rights Museum declared, "... belongs alongside those of other freedom rights champions." An educator for 30 years, Joan will discuss how to make the Civil Rights Movement relevant in today's classroom.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, the recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award, is a Civil Rights Icon who participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider and a participant in the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March and the Selma to Montgomery March.
For her actions she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, put on death row and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash and Julian Bond.
As a white southern woman her courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized. Joan has appeared in several books including “Coming of Age in Mississippi”, “Breach of Peace”, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, and the new illustrated kid’s books about her life, “She Stood For Freedom”. She has appeared on television and news programs like the “CBS Nightly News”. And her story and experiences were highlighted award-winning documentaries including “An Ordinary Hero”, PBS’s “Freedom Riders”, “Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders” and the groundbreaking film “Eyes on the Prize”.
She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the Civil Rights Movement. Most recently she was recognized, along with other female Freedom Riders, by President Barack Obama, received Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.’s Annual Award of Honor, the Anti-Defamation League Annual Heroes Against Hate Award.
Joan is a sought after speaker having presented at major universities, charitable events, government organizations, and the US Congressional Luncheon.