A Forgotten Civil Rights Hero’s Story, Told Through Gorgeous Images

by Katherine Barner

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland immersed herself in the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager growing up in the South in the 1950s. She was involved in numerous historical events, like the Freedom Rides of 1961, the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, and the Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. Her activism had its consequences: She was one of the Freedoms Riders in 1961 who was arrested and put on death row for several months at Parchman Penitentiary. But this did not stop her: She became a passionate and persistent activist.

She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland, Angela Fairwell, and illustrated by Charlotta Janssen, tells the little known story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland through gorgeous illustrations, delivering the tale in a way accessible to readers of all ages. Check out some illustrations from the book below:



The Dangers of Demonstrating

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Freedom Rides arrest

Summer of Demonstrating

Woolworth lunch counter sit in

She Stood for Freedom-middle grade interior eARC Page 09

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