Joan Mulholland, a Civil Rights participant in the early sixties, is coming to Youngstown to speak to high school students as well as to the general public. Her son, Loki, has produced a documentary, “An Ordinary Hero”, on her life. He will also be present. They will speak at Chaney and East on Thursday, April 24th.
Sojourn is partnering with the the Tyler Center (Mahoning Valley Historical Center) for a presentation at 7 PM on Thursday evening. She will appear again at 9AM on Friday, April 25th at Youngstown State University as part of the YWCA Anti-Racism Day. These two events are open to the public. Call Penny Wells at 330 788 0545 for more information.
Joan participated in the lunch counter sit-ins in Durham, NC while a freshman at Duke University in 1960. She left Duke and enrolled in Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi where she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was a Freedom Rider, was arrested and spent two months in notorious Parchman Prison in Mississippi as did many other Freedom Riders such as John Lewis.