Book review: She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, by Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell, illustrated by Charlotte Janssen

Mulholland, Loki and Angela Fairwell. She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Il. Charlotte Janssen. 64p. Shadow Mountain, 2016. $14.99. 64p. ISBN 9781629721774. Ages 8-10. P7Q8

mulholland-she-stood-for-freedomBorn to Virginia segregationists, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland—a Southern white female—was determined to fight for equal rights, participating in lunch-counter demonstrations and becoming a Freedom Rider to help black people register for the vote at a time when this was extremely dangerous. Being jailed for two months didn’t deter Mulholland even when the Ku Klux Klan put her on a list to be killed, and she followed that by enrolling in the black Tougaloo College. In 2013, her son, Loki Mulholland, produced a film about her called An Ordinary Hero which he followed with this biography composed of vignettes, photographs, and cut-paper-collage illustrations. Although extremely simple, the book shows the bravery of a woman who followed this message:  “Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it.”

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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