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Sept. 10: Civil Rights Documentary, Discussion

"An Ordinary Hero" to be shown at 2 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 9-10-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- The documentary film, "An Ordinary Hero," which is about civil rights activist Joan (Trumpauer) Mulholland's life and experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, will be shown at 2 p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State Mankato's Centennial Student Union.

A question and answer session with Mulholland will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in the famous Woolworth’s sit-in that occurred on May 28, 1963 in Jackson, Miss. Other sit-in participants included a group of students and faculty from Tougaloo College, a private and historically black institution in north Jackson. The sit-in took place during a time when racial segregation was prevalent in Jackson. A mob arrived, and some students were beaten. The events of the day are summarized in a USA Today article here.

The event is being held in conjunction with Minnesota State Mankato’s common read program, now in its fifth year. This year’s common read book is Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” a 1968 memoir about growing up black in Mississippi in the 1940s and 1950s. Moody, a friend of Mulholland, also participated in the Woolworth’s sit-in.

More information about common read events is available at: or or by contacting faculty member Chris Corley by phone at 507-389-5191 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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