It’s been quite a journey discovering what she did and why. She was shot at, attacked, disowned by her family, imprisoned and hunted down for execution by the Klan all because she wanted to make life better, says son and filmmaker, Loki Mulholland.
(PRWEB) April 30, 2012
2013 will mark several momentous occasions. It is the 100th anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta, the 50th Anniversary of the Jackson Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in, and the premier of a new movie that tells the story of a woman who was part of both of these in a very significant way.
“An Ordinary Hero” is the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a little known Civil Rights worker who did the extraordinary. As a 19 year old college student in 1961, Joan had already participated in nearly three dozen protests and sit-ins when she was arrested for participating in the Freedom Rides. After spending two months at the infamous Parchman Penitentiary on death row she went on to attend Tougaloo College and was one of the first whites to pledge Delta Sigma.
Loki Mulholland, an award winning filmmaker and the son of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, has spent the last two years crisscrossing the country interviewing Civil Rights legends in order to tell the true story of his mother, who began her civil rights work at 16 as a teenager in Arlington, VA and continued through the turbulent 60’s. As a white southern woman, Joan felt that if her church was going to teach that “we were all equal in the eyes of God” she remembered, “I just felt that we should mean it.”
“She never told us the stories. As kids all we saw were the pictures,” Loki Mulholland commented. “It’s been quite a journey discovering what she did and why. She was shot at, attacked, disowned by her family, imprisoned and hunted down for execution by the Klan all because she wanted to make life better.”
Taylor Street Films, Loki Mulholland’s production company, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the completion funding needed to finish this truly inspiring story for a 2013 release date.
“Kickstarter helps artists connect with their audience in a unique way by allowing them to share in the creative process, talk about the project, and contribute much needed funds,” says Mulholland. “It’s fun and people feel really connected when they are able to help. They get to be a part of the film which is important.”
The goal is to not just to complete the film but to share it with as many communities as possible. It’s an important story and Mr. Mulholland hopes to go on a speaking tour next year with Joan and the film so people can experience this “living history”.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor for the Atlantic, reflected on Joan’s determination and example, “I’ve got the movement in my blood, but no way I can imagine being white, nineteen, violating the law, and being sent off to jail… in Mississippi.”
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland did all this, and so much more.
“My mother and her friends helped change the world. They were ordinary and they were heroes. People really can make a difference,” says Mulholland.
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