National Press Club

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and surviving "Freedom Riders" at NPC Newsmaker

March 12, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

Hear the plight of Freedom Riders, the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement, from some of its surviving members - and relive the violence and prejudice of America's South - at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

In the early 1960s, Freedom Riders rode interstate buses, in racially mixed groups, into segregated areas to challenge local enforcement of segregation through "Jim Crow" laws, in defiance of Supreme Court rulings and official federal policies. Those Freedom Rides and the violent reactions they provoked bolstered the credibility of the Civil Rights Movement, calling national attention to the disregard for federal law and the brutal means used to enforce segregation.

Speaking will be Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, civil rights activist Dorie Ladner, Freedom Rider Reginald Green and Loki Mulholland, writer/director of the documentary An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is free and open to credentialed media and club members.

That evening at 6 p.m., the NPC’s Events Committee will host a screening of the documentary followed by a discussion hosted by NPC President Myron Belkind. Details about attending the screening are available here.

Aric Caplan, NPC Newsmakers Committee Member, 301-943-9525