Joan Mulholland is an American civil rights activist and a Freedom Rider from Arlington, Virginia. She is known for taking part in sit-ins, being the first white to integrate Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and to be a part of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, joining Freedom Rides, and being held on death row in Parchman Penitentiary. She risked her relationship with her family, her education at Duke University and her life in order to participate in the civil rights movement. She was even hunted down by the KKK during freedom summer and escaped miraculously. She is now retired after teaching English as a second language for 40 years and has started a foundation known as the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland foundation that is sought to educate the youth about the civil rights movement and will also teach youth how to become activists in their own communities.