She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland
The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a white teenager in the South during Segregation who put herself on the front lines of the Civil Rights struggle. This is the first biography about her experiences, published simultaneously in picture book and middle grade editions, detailing the many events she participated in. She attended demonstrations and sit-ins and was one of the Freedom Riders in 1961 who was arrested and put on death row for months at the notorious Parchman Penitentiary. She was the first white person to join in the 1963 Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins in Jackson, Mississippi, and that same year participated in the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 which contributed to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act that year. Her willingness to stand up for justice has been an inspiration, "Anyone can make a difference. It doesn't matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don't have to change the world . . . just change your world."

The edition for readers ages 8 and older uses collage art and blends photographs from the period with the text, and features sidebar commentary from Joan, reflecting on those years. It also includes riveting primary source documents from Joan's personal archives like the letter sent to Joan's mother during Joan's arrest at Parchman Penitentiary. On official letterhead of the state, the warden exhibits the deep racism of the time by admonishing her mother for permitting a "white minor girl to gang up with a bunch of Negro bucks and white hoodlums." This edition of She Stood for Freedom unforgettably and insightfully conveys the turmoil and tone of the Civil Rights era.


About Loki Mulholland

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Loki Mulholland is an award-winning filmmaker of An Ordinary Hero which tells his mother's story and is the founder and Executive Director of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation, a non-profit established to educate youth about Civil Rights and encourage young people to make positive change in their community.Charlotta Janssen was born in Maine to German parents. She studied art at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Her art has been showcased in more than forty gallery exhibitions worldwide and she has been featured in American Art Collector magazine, The New Yorker, New York Daily News, The Tennessean,, and
Published August 2, 2016 by Shadow Mountain. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Stand up for yourself and, in the new book “She Stood for Freedom” by Loki Mulholland, stand up for others, too.

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Gr 3–5—Focusing on Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a lesser-known civil rights activist, this title is a brief portrait of her life, her actions, and the civil rights movement. From the time she was a child, Mulholland, a white Southerner, came to understand the injustice of "separate but equal," moti...

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