Monday, August 8, 2016

She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland {Book Review}

She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland, tells the untold story of his mother, Civil Rights heroine Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.  As a white teenager growing up in the deep south, Joan was shocked by the injustice and horrible effects of segregation...  Determined to join the Civil Right Movement, Joan wanted to help put an end to these unfair practices.  Joan attended some of the most famous demonstrations from the time period including the Freedom Rides, Woolworth's lunch counter sit ins, and the the March on Washington.  She even met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!  Joan was even the first white woman to attend an all black college and be invited into an all black sorority!  Even though she faced threats and ended up getting arrested she never gave up the belief that segregation was wrong and that she could "make a difference."  Her courage against injustice is an inspiration for us all.

Joan said, "Anyone can make a difference.  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."

Recommended for ages 8 and up, She Stood for Freedom is a perfect complement to our studies of the Civil Rights Movement.  It is chock full of original pictures and images of historical documents,  including Joan at the Woolworths counter and with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!  The back pages include an epilogue and timeline of events in Joan's life.  It is easy to read and understand even for the youngest of readers studying this time period.  Even as an adult my understanding of the time period was deepened by witnessing the effect that Joan had on her world.

She Stood for Freedom is available for purchase now at your favorite book retailer.  Happy Reading!

Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain for giving me an advanced reader copy of She Stood for Freedom.  I was not compensated for my review and all opinions expressed here are my very own.

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