Freedom Rider to Speak About Civil Rights Movement

OGDEN, Utah – A civil rights legend and member of the 1961 Freedom Riders will share her story at Weber State University on Sept. 13 from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. and then again from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in the segregated south in Arlington, Virginia. She joined the Freedom Riders, a group of interracial men and women traveling through the American South. They wanted to test whether a 1960 Supreme Court decision that declared segregated facilities for interstate passengers illegal was being upheld.

For her involvement, Mulholland was attacked both physically and verbally, incarcerated and disowned by her family. 

She participated in more than 50 sit-ins and protests by the time she was 23 years old. Mulholland’s efforts led her to cross paths with some of the most influential names in the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and John Lewis. 

Mulholland will speak about her experiences as a Freedom Rider, and as a planner of the 1963 March on Washington, as well as her participation in the Woolworth sit-ins in the '60s.

This event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, College of Education and Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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Adrienne Andrews, special assistant to the president for diversity
801-626-7243 ·


Matthew Norman, student writer
801-626-7948 ·