New documentary focuses on white woman's fight for integration

(WMC-TV) – One of the few white women to participate in the dangerous undertaking of integration in Mississippi is the focus of a new documentary.

During the civil rights movement, Joan Mulholland could have been killed for participating in sit-ins like the one that took place at a Jackson, Mississippi drug store in 1960.

She was in a famous photo taken at the sit-in. And she hoped it would send an important message.

"I thought it showed that not all white southerners were opposed to justice and, ah, if a few of us did it, it would give courage to others," said Mulholland.

Mulholland shared her story with Action News 5's Ben Watson as they viewed replica from the brawl.

She was a 19 year old Duke University student when she left to enroll at the historically black Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

Despite the threats, jail time, and danger that came along with her stance, she has no regrets.

"Of all that you have been through and all that you have seen fighting this battle, would you do it again?" Ben Watson asked.

"Definitely," she said. "I would do it in a heartbeat for a cause that called me like this did."

Mulholland's determination and the determination of those who protested along with her are the focus of a new documentary called "An Ordinary Hero."

Her son is producing it.

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