Meet the Author: Loki Mulholland

Author Loki Mulholland & his mother, civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland visit the Fairfax Network

November 2, 2016 • Audience: Students in Grades 5-8
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In 2013, Loki Mulholland produced An Ordinary Hero, a documentary about his mother’s life as a civil rights activist. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland’s story, told in that award-winning film, is now a nonfiction book for children, She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of A Civil Rights Hero.

Published simultaneously in picture book and middle grade editions, the book tells of Joan’s courage and convictions during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Primary source documents and photos accompany the text.

Award-winning author and documentarian Loki Mulholland joins the conversation by Skype. He discusses the significance of his mother’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, the use of primary sources, and his collaborative work with his illustrator.  In a pre-taped segment, Mrs. Mulholland, a 1959 graduate of Annandale High School, pays a visit to AHS and discusses how life has changed. 


In this video clip, author Loki Mulholland tells students to "write what you're passionate about."
The full video is available on the Fairfax Network YouTube Channel.


Suggested Resources

Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement — Lesson Plan from Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Oral History — Interview with the Library of Congress

Why We Became Freedom Riders — Washington Post Interview


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