JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - SR1 Scientific Research will host its’ C.O.O.L.™ Education Day ‘Civil Rights Conversations with Joan and Loki Mulholland’ on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Millsaps College.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, is a Civil Rights icon who participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old.
She was a Freedom Rider, participant in the March on Washington, the Meredith March and the Selma to Montgomery March. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement including Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Julian Bond.
One of Joan’s most memorable acts of activism came on May 28, 1963, best known as the ‘Woolworth Sit-In’ in Jackson, Mississippi.
Tougaloo College students along with their sociology professor sat at the whites-only lunch counter to challenge segregation.
For three hours, the group endured insults and attacks by a violent white mob. The mob slapped the protestors, hit them with items from the lunch counter, and even burned cigarettes on their skin. Protestors were also doused with sugar, mustard, and ketchup.
Pictures of the sit-in were shared nationwide and went on to become one of the most iconic images of the civil rights movement.
Loki Mulholland is an award-winning filmmaker, author, activist, and son of Civil Rights icon, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. An Emmy-winning producer who has received 40 Telly Awards, Loki’s films on race and social justice issues have won 11 Best Documentary awards. Loki created the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation, to continue his mother’s work, teach people about the Civil Rights Movement and inspire kids to make a difference in their world.
SR1 students from Hinds, Madison, and Scott counties are excited to participate in the educational lesson that features a question and answer session. WLBT-TV award-winning news anchor Maggie Wade will serve as the moderator. The event is open to the community with a minimum $5 educational donation to assist SR1 in providing college preparatory services to K-12 students.
SR1 Scientific Research is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that strives to eliminate disparities in education, health, and technology through science, technology, and partnerships. SR1 is committed to educating and improving the quality of life for all people.