Joan Mulholland, Freedom Rider, civil rights activist, talks about fighting the good fight


Two pages from the book on Joan Mulholland’s days battling for civil rights, including getting arrested.

COLONIAL LIBRARY —  A civil rights activist visited the school on April 19 and gave a presentation about her story and life when discrimination was still in play.

Her name is Joan Mulholland. She and her African American friends were arrested many times only because they believed in equal rights. Ms. Mulholland grew up in Virginia with a belief in equal rights. She took part in many protests and activities, including sit-ins, the Freedom Ride and voter registration drives.

Joan Mulholland read from the book about her time as a civil rights worker.

“I was involved in helping the March on Washington and Freedom Summer,” she said. All through college, she protested. She met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis and Andrew Young.

Her son Loki and his best friend Angela Fairwell wrote a book on her inspirational life story called “She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.”

Eloise McGibbon, class 3L, said, “The most interesting part of her presentation was when she talked about how she snuck into the African American’s half of the village with her friend.” She did not want to go to scare them because she is white, but she did.