Civil Rights activist visits East High School

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A longtime civil rights activist was in Youngstown on Thursday to spread the word about the importance of community involvement.

Activist Joan Mulholland, was also there for a screening of a documentary about her.

While still a student in 1960, Mulholland was involved in the first anti-segregation lunch counter sit-in held in Durham, North Carolina. She received national attention as a Freedom Rider in Mississippi, as well. She also helped to plan and attended the March on Washington in 1963.

One of the biggest things she learned from her life of fighting against inequality was that everyone can make a difference.

“Takes a lot of people takes a village. Everybody a has a talent they can bring to the cause, and whatever it is that’s what’s needed,” said Mulholland.

The documentary, “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Traumpauer Mulholland,” will be shown at 8:30 a.m. on Friday in the Chestnut Room at Youngstown State University.

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