Freedom Rider and Civil Rights icon Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will be reading a new children's book entitled She Stood for Freedom about her life to fifth grade students at Kissimmee Elementary School on Friday, October 28. Her unique and eye-opening story will bring the history of segregation, as well as related historical events, to life for students.
Along with the Freedom Rides, Ms. Mulholland was involved in some of the most famous events in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In, the March on Washington, and the Selma to Montgomery March. She was the recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, and her story is now a 2017 American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Award nominated book that captures her journey in the Civil Rights Movement. "Anyone can make a difference," she said. "It doesn't matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don't have to change the world . . just change your world."
Ms. Mulholland is making the stop at Kissimmee Elementary before she attends the Florida Council for Social Studies conference in Orlando on October 29, where she will be speaking to teachers from all across the state.