She Stood for Freedom, The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
by Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell, illustrated by Charlotta Janssen
Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2016
In 1952, when Joan, a white girl, saw the dilapidated one-room school for blacks, when her school was a brand-new brick one, she decided, “…she was going to do something about it when she had the chance.” Joan participated in the civil rights movement, including the Freedom Rides, where she was arrested and sent to prison. She went to Tougaloo College, a back school, and the state of Mississippi tried to close it down because of Joan. She met Martin Luther King, participated in Woolworth Sit-Ins and the 1964 March on Washington. In her life she had been shot at, chased after, and targeted by white people to be killed. She calls herself an ordinary person. She encouraged people, “Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. …you don’t have to change the world… just change your world.” This inspiring story of a young woman who put herself in danger stood up for civil rights. It’s a refreshing story of one of the many white people who fought for civil rights in the ‘50s and ‘60s.