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Why is this White woman important to Black History in America? Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (born September 14, 1941) is an American civil rights activist and a Freedom Rider from Arlington, Virginia. She is known for taking part in sit-ins, being the first white to integrate Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and to be a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Joining Freedom Rides, and being held on death row in Parchman Penitentiary. She risked her relationship with her rich family, her education at Duke University and her life in order to participate in the civil rights movement. She was even hunted down by the KKK during freedom summer and escaped miraculously. She is now retired after teaching English as a second language for 40 years and has started a foundation known as the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland foundation that is sought to educate the youth about the civil rights movement and will also teach youth how to become activists in their own communities. #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #joantrumpauermulholland ##joantrumpauermulhollandfoundation

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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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