She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

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About the Author

Loki Mulholland is an award-winning filmmaker. His film, An Ordinary Hero, tells his mother's story and is featured at the National Civil Rights Museum and at He is the Executive Director of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation.

Charlotta Janssen was born in Maine to German parents. She studied art at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Her art has been showcased in more than forty gallery exhibitions worldwide, and she has been featured in American Art Collector magazine, The New Yorker, New York Daily News, The Tennessean,, and


"Janssen's evocative mixed-media collages tap into the turbulence of the events discussed; aqua, rust, and drab greens provide the only color, melding with photographs, drawings, maps, newspaper headlines, diary entries, and official documents. The clear, direct narrative contextualizes Joan's actions within the larger movement while explaining words like segregation for young audiences. A brief civil rights timeline is included, and a middle grade edition of the book (with the same title) is available simultaneously."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Mulholland's courage and determination are stressed and explained in terms that young readers can understand. The colorful cut-paper-collage illustratons by Charlotta Janssen feature photographs and scenes that should be familiar to those studying the time period. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is not a name that is familiar in children's books; this is an excellent opportunity to correct an oversight."-- "Kirkus" (5/15/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Unheralded heroes walk among us-and in Loki Mulholland's case, in his own family. His mother, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, was an early civil rights activist who took Christian tenets to heart as a child. She was an anomaly when she first embraced the cause: young, white, female, and Southern, a combination that incensed the Ku Klux Klan, who placed her on a hit list. In 1960, at the age of 19, Mulholland started participating in lunch counter sit-ins, and through major events of the civil rights movement, she faced death countless times. This condensation of her son's 2013 documentary, An Ordinary Hero, enhanced by Janssen's evocative illustrations alongside shocking historic documents, is co-published with an edition for younger readers, both of which highlight Mulholland's enduring message for children: 'Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it.'"-- "Booklist" (5/15/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"From the time she was a child, Mulholland, a white Southerner, came to understand the injustice of 'separate but equal, ' motivating her to cross the Jim Crow line to stand with African Americans to demand equality. Her unwavering belief in equality gave her tremendous inner strength. Quotes from Mulholland portray her as someone who never thought of herself as a hero, only someone who could make a difference. Primary source documents and photos and other culturally relevant artifacts accompany the text. Collagelike illustrations [are] eye-catching and mood evoking...Purchase to supplement civil rights and biography materials."-- "School Library Journal" (6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"She Stood for Freedom tells the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, an ardent, devoted fighter for the cause of equal justice. The desire she had to right the wrongs of her country took her from a college campus to downtown street demonstrations and then to jail. She truly deserves the descriptor "foot soldier" having lived the life of one while standing for freedom in the only way she knew she could. The book is a testament to both Joan and the many other unknown individuals who worked so hard to accomplish so much."
-- "Birmingham Civil Rights Institute" (6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"She Stood for Freedom will help young people understand that "ordinary" people, like Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, were as important to the successes gained during the Civil Rights Movement, as better known players like Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her story also illustrates that you are never too young to do the right thing. This book will help young people better understand how they too can be heroes and "s-heroes" and stand up for justice and equality for all people."-- "Terri Lee Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum" (6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
Amelia Bloomer Award nominee 2017-- "American Library Association" (3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"This readable, fast-paced narrative illustrates why a young white woman would feel compelled to join the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It was simple, actually: she was a Southerner, a Christian, an American and it was the right thing to do."

-- "William Pretzer, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture" (3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"A biography that gives readers little glimpses or vignettes into what it was like to be a Freedom Rider and fighter for the Civil Rights movement...these little glimpses whet the reader's appetite to learn more about those who stood on the front lines of the fight for Civil Rights. Hopefully, this book will influence readers, young and old, to do the same. As a very visual book, with something visual as well as written out on every page, especially noteworthy are copies of original pictures and documents found throughout the book that support or highlight the facts given on that page. Seeing pictures of Joan throughout her story made the history come to life. Would make either a great introduction to that time period or would be a great book for someone wanting to find a more personal voice for the history." [four out of five stars]-- "Compass Book Ratings" (8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"A wonderfully written book about a wonderful, worthy hero. An individual who I greatly admire."-- "Hank Thomas, Civil Rights activist, one of the original Freedom Riders" (8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"It was my privilege to meet Joan Trumpauer Mulholland in 1961 when she was one of a dozen nonviolent, civil rights activists embarking on a risky, inter-racial bus ride from Washington, D.C. to the heart of the deep South. As a reporter, it was my role to follow their journey and let the world know what they encountered as they faced down a lawless system of racial injustice. Now, as then, I am humbled by their courage and the changes they brought about in our society. This well-written and beautifully illustrated book is one to be savored and shared with future generations who may need to look within themselves for similar courage."-- "Simeon Booker, award-winning journalist and author of Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account" (2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"With the focus on Black Lives Matter comes the discussion of what it means to be a white ally. To understand what it means to be an ally, it helps to look at the roles and actions of white allies throughout history. Loki Mulholland's biography of his mother, She Stood for Freedom contributes to that process...Loki Mulholland explores the life experiences that led to his mother's decision to fight for racial justice even though it meant turning away from her own family and community. Joan Trumpauer was in no way a major figure or "white savior" but rather a foot soldier of the Civil Rights movement who shared the experience of facing down state terror and brutality along with her black and white peers. In this way, She Stood for Freedom is a fitting companion to other biographies and histories of ordinary young people in the movement...The short sections are arranged chronologically, and each describes a key event in Joan Trumpauer's life or a single topic such as the dangers of demonstrations, the lifelong friendships that she made, and the lessons she passed on to her children." -- "The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature" (8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "One day, the South will recognize its heroes. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is one of those heroes. You cannot tell the story of America's Civil Rights Movement without talking about the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Freedom Summer, and the Selma to Montgomery march. How amazing in this book to tell all those stories through the life of one woman-Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, whose uncommon courage and unflinching perseverance continue to inspire us all."-- "Jerry Mitchell, winner of more than 20 national awards for his reporting on Civil Rights" (8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017-- "National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children's Book Council" (2/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)