An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
Saturday, January 26, 2019  1:00 PM
Mitchell Center for African American Heritage - Wilmington


Joan Trumpauer MulhollandStudent Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will conduct a screening and discussion of the documentary about her experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, An Ordinary Hero.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, the recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award, is a Civil Rights Movement legend who participated 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, MS Woolworth’s Sit-in, and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.

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, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Diane Nash, John Salter, Julian Bond, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. In addition, she has met luminaries of that period such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Marlon Brando, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson.

As a white southern woman her courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized.

Joan’s story is told in the children’s book, She Stood for Freedom, and the documentary, An Ordinary Hero.   She has also appeared on various television and news programs, and her story and experiences were highlighted in award-winning documentaries including PBS’s Freedom Riders, Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders, and the groundbreaking film Eyes on the Prize.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the Civil Rights Movement. In 2015, she was recognized, along with other female Freedom Riders, by President Barack Obama, received Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.’s Annual Award of Honor, and the Anti-Defamation League Annual Heroes against Hate Award.

FREE program.
Space is limited - please call 302-656-0637.

On-street parking is FREE on weekends.
FREE PARKING is also available courtesy of Colonial Parking, Lot No. 50, Sixth and Shipley streets.


Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
504 N. Market Street


Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage was named in honor of two Delawareans who worked tirelessly for civil rights for the disenfranchised. The Mitchell Center collects, preserves and presents for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware's African Americans. Using historical objects, museum exhibitions, education programs and research, the Mitchell Center is Delaware's first central repository dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state's African American history, heritage and culture.

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