Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

A white civil rights activist from Arlington, Virginia, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (born in 1941) was inspired by her Sunday school teachings to participate in the 1961 Freedom Rides. She was charged with breach of peace and jailed for more than two months. After her release, Mulholland became one of the first whites to integrate Tougaloo College and continued to work in the movement. She participated in the May 1963 sit-in at the Woolworths lunch counter in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.  Mullholland's faith continued inform her activism; “the worst thing they could have done was kill us. Once you accept that—and faith teaches us that there are better things to come after death—then there is nothing to worry about.” Subsequently, Mullholland taught for 30 years in Virginia and raised five sons.

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