An Ordinary Hero: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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  • An Ordinary Hero

A screening of the documentary film An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, followed by a panel discussion including Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and film director Loki Mulholland, as well as the following local leaders who have connections to the Civil Rights Movement:

  • Darius A. Gray, writer, speaker, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and activist for the Civil Roots Movement in African American history and genealogy
  • Gloria Wilkinson, Senior V.P. Community Relations, Zions Bank
  • Jackie Thompson, Ph.D., Coordinator of the Education Equity Department, Davis School District
  • Forrest Crawford, Ph.D., Professor, and former Assistant to the President for Diversity, Weber State University
  • Frances Battle, Principal of Bryant Middle School in Salt Lake City

  • Presented in partnership with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.
    Sponsored by Deseret Book, Excel Entertainment, and Zions Bank.
    Supported by Salt Lake City School District and Family Search.

    Reception preceding the event in the Urban Room from 6:30–7pm. RSVP is preferred by emailing


    Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is a Civil Rights Legend who had participated in over 50 sit-ins and protests by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth Sit-in and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.

    For her actions, she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, put on death row and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Diane Nash, John Salter, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. In addition, she has met such luminaries of that period like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Marlon Brando, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson.

    As a white southern woman her courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized.

    Joan has appeared in several books including Growing up in Mississippi, Breach of Peace, and We Shall Not Be Moved. She has appeared on television and news programs like Oprah and CBS Nightly News. Her story and experiences have been highlighted award-winning documentaries including An Ordinary Hero, PBS’s Freedom Riders, Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders and the groundbreaking film Eyes on the Prize.

    She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the Civil Rights Movement. Most recently she was recognized, along with other female Freedom Riders, by President Barack Obama, received Delta Sigma Theta's Annual Award of Honor, and the Anti-Defamation League's Annual Heroes Against Hate Award.

    Articles about Joan have appeared in numerous publications: USA Today, Washington Post, Ebony Magazine, Washington Times, and the Clarion-Ledger.

    She is a sought after speaker having presented at major universities, charitable events, government organizations, the U.S. Congressional Luncheon, and the United Nations.

    Location: Main Library Auditorium

    Contact Information: 801-524-8200