NOVABAA's Juneteenth Celebration
Good Afternoon Saints,
NOVABAA is hosting its second annual Juneteenth program this upcoming Juneteenth holiday on June 20th, at 11am. This year we are interviewing, the one and only, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland has agreed to share her story with NOVABAA.
For those unfamiliar with her, she is a civil rights legend living right here in our backyard in Arlington. She is originally from Arlington, and set out to college at Duke University in the early 60's during the heart of the civil rights struggle. Not content to enjoy a "the good life" at Duke while so much turmoil was running rampant in America, she dropped out during her first year and headed south to join the struggle.
Her journey brought her to Mississippi where she joined the Mississippi Freedom Riders, a group of African American and Caucasian bus riders who protested segregated seating arrangements on bus and transit lines in Mississippi. She was eventually jailed at a maximum security prison at Parchman Penitentiary where she refused to pay bail. She was on death row for two months. For the next several years Ms. Mulholland's journey would place her in the front row of many of the hot spots of the fight for civil rights. Her efforts have placed her alongside Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many many others.
She would end up attending Tougaloo College where she would end up pledging Delta Sigma Theta. Her story is a rich, interesting and thought provoking one. If you would like to learn more in advance of our presentation, you are welcome to check out her wikipedia page, here. Today she tours the country sharing her story to one and all about her journey from Arlington Virginia to death row in Mississippi during the 1960s fight for racial equality.
I am sure that you will, like me, enjoy this presentation. We hope you will be able to attend! Zoom information will only be sent to those who RSVP!
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