Did you know Delta Sigma Theta had a Caucasian member? Her name is Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. She was born in 1941 and grew up right here in the DMV, in Arlington, VA. Mulholland was a freedom rider working to desegregate the south. She fought for Black rights despite growing up in a household that supported segregation, and a lineage that included slave owners.
Joan was hunted by the KKK, considered mentally-ill, and disowned by her family. After serving time in jail after a group of Freedom Riders were arrested she enrolled back in school at an all-black university, Tougaloo College in Jackson. There she met Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend Ed King, and Anne Moody. Two years later, she became the first white member to pledge Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc.
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