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Joan Mulholland: Freedom Rider

Long time Barcroft resident Joan Mulholland was interviewed about 2pm on Inauguration Day 2009 on ABC news. The reporter opened with "you remember from your history books the legendary Freedom Marchers" then showed some sketched portraits from that era and one of them was a very young Joan! Then he turned and there she was standing with another Freedom Rider, recounting some of her experiences on the Freedom Marches of the 60's and how remarkable it is that racial barriers broke down fast enough that Barak Obama could be elected just 40 years later. The reporter concluded with a statement that he was honored to be interviewing people who had changed the course of history.

Joan was also honored by the Jackson (Mississipi) Academy band, whose director and son have composed music in her honor. You can see a video clip of that. You can also see police mug shots of Joan at age 19 after being arrested at a sit-in back in 1960.

2012

In 2012 Joan's son Loki is producing a new documentary for the 2013 season on her and her civil rights activities. The film and Web site are called An Ordinary Hero. The photos and text now up are very interesting, and we can't wait for the documentary to come to the 2013 film festivals.



This page was revised on: August 7, 2012.
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