A "freedom rider" who served time in prison for joining in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s will be at Winthrop University Thursday to share her story.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland plans to speak about her face-to-face encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, her meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the months she spent in prison after joining a "freedom rider" bus bound for Mississippi.
She was a participant in the famous sit-in at the Woolworth's store in Jackson, Miss.
The Winthrop event is called "Freedom to Death Row: The Story of Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland."
Mulholland's speech is free to attend and open to the public.
In addition to her civil rights activism, Mulholland was the first white student to integrate the all-black Tougaloo Southern Christian College and the first white student to join the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
She left Duke University after pressure from the school's dean of women to stop her activism.
Winthrop hosts Mulholland at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Tillman Auditorium.
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