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Civil Rights Pioneer Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland after her arrest for taking part in the original Freedom Ride

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is a civil rights pioneer, a white woman who chose to go against the grain and fight racial discrimination in the South in the 1950s and 60s. Her bravery nearly cost her life, but it also helped change the world.

RadioWest divider.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in the Jim Crow South where racial segregation was enforced by law and culture. It’s just the way things were. But it wasn’t how Mulholland thought things should be. So she did something about it. Mulholland took part in dozens of sit-ins and protests during the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was disowned by her family and hunted down by the Klan. She joins us to talk about her extraordinary life and finding the courage to stand up for what you believe.

Mulholland is in Utah this week as a guest of the University of Utah College of Social Work. On Thursday, February 15, at 6 p.m. the College of Social Work is hosting a screening of the documentary film AN ORDINARY HERO, about Mulholland's life and activism. That will be followed by a conversation between Mulholland and her son, filmmaker Loki Mulholland. The event is free and open to public, and it will be held at the Hayes Christensen Theatre at the University of Utah Marriott Center for Dance. DETAILS

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