Joan Mulholland

Leadership From The Arena

08-07-2022 • 45 mins

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Musuem Freedom Award, is a civil rights icon who particpated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, 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, and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed civil rights movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., Medger Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Julian Bond. She has appeared in numerous books and documentaries and has reieved numerous awards and recognition for her work in the civil rights movement including the 2019 International Civil Rights Museum Trailblazer Award and the Anti-Defamation League Annual Heroes Against Hate Award.