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Special Film Screening/Discussion: “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland”–AT ARTISPHERE

When: Back to Calendar March 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Artisphere
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington,VA 22209
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
Categories: Films

joan truampauer Mulholland mugPresented with the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, a special film screening followed by a panel discussion with the film’s subject and writer/director.

Arlington native Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in a segregated South and emerged as an activist who fought fervently for the rights of others. Attacked and beaten during the courageous Freedom Rides of 1961, Joan was imprisoned, and hunted, but never wavered in her beliefs. She later taught for almost three decades at Arlington public schools.

An Ordinary Hero” is a moving visual chronicle of Joan’s life story, containing rare images and footage from the Movement.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tougaloo College, 1961

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tougaloo College, 1961

A panel discussion featuring William Pretzer, senior curator of History, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Joan Mulholland, and Loki Mulholland, writer and director, among others, will  immediately follow the screening.

The Library’s Virginia Room has a fascinating two-part oral history with Joan Mulholland. Read Part I and Part II.



Learn more about Film Screenings at the Library.

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  1. curlyfry23 says:

    Amazing ….I was just speaking of Mrs Mulholland weeks ago to a friend. Just wondering what ever happened to her I was just a small boy(now 23,married,successful,still living in Arlington)going to Patrick Henry elementary school a woman with a long braid and a bandana would walk the blacktop during recess willing to hand out “pride points” to whoever had the courage to walk up to her and answer any of her questions of historical importance or anything to test the sharpness of a kid.later on reading some article i was shocked to see the same woman maybe in her 20s unphased by a man pouring a milk shake on her head at a diner sit in…you never know someones story i wish her the best where ever she is she has shaped who knows how many lives on that blacktop

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