Who We Are

We exist to end racism through education.

Founded in 2014, the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation began with a goal to preserve, share and continue the legacy of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Our goal is to educate people about the Civil Rights Movement and how they can make a difference in their community.

Through our work, we have found that the most effective way to change racist ideology is to begin with education. Racism is a learned behavior. Adults and children alike can benefit from a change in perspective and an increased awareness of the past.

The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation takes a multi-faceted approach to educating people on anti-racism. Through classroom curriculum, documentary films, podcasting, books, speaking engagements and school assemblies, we cater to the different ways people can best understand new concepts and reframe old ones.

We find purpose in shedding light on American history that is often misunderstood or skipped over. Please join us in the fight against racism and start your recurring donation today! Click here to donate.

Who is Joan

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Her Freedom Rider mugshot has been called one of the most iconic in American history. By the time she was 23 years old, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations including the Freedom Rides, the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March and the Selma to Montgomery March. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash and Julian Bond to name a few.

In 2023 Joan received an honorary doctorate from Tougaloo College. She is also the recipient of the 2020 Simeon Booker Award for Courage, the 2019 International Civil Rights Museum Trailblazer Award, the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum  Freedom Award, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Annual Award of Honor and the Anti-Defamation League Annual Heroes Against Hate Award.

She has appeared in several books including “Coming of Age in Mississippi”, “Breach of Peace”, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, and, “She Stood For Freedom”. She has appeared on television and news programs like the “CBS Nightly News” and award-winning documentaries including “An Ordinary Hero”, PBS’s “Freedom Riders”, “Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders” and the groundbreaking film “Eyes on the Prize”.

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Board Members

Founder & Executive Director

Loki Mulholland is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, activist, and son of civil rights icon, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. His work has received over 40 Telly Awards and his films on race and social justice issues have won 20 Best Documentary awards. Loki is the author of multiple books including “She Stood for Freedom” and “Get Back to the Counter”. His films have appeared on Showtime, PBS and Amazon where “The Uncomfortable Truth” has been viewed over three million times. Loki is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and speaks all over the country on issues of race and social justice. In 2023, Loki received an Honorary Doctorate from Ithaca College.


Board Member

BK was born in Hampton, VA to Flora and Bennie Fulton. He has two sisters, Shauna Fulton and DeVora Brookes. BK is the founding Chairman & CEO of Soulidifly Productions, a feature film and media investment company designed to promote a more inclusive narrative in contemporary media. Soulidifly is the first independent film company to produce four feature films in their first year of business (River Runs Red, Atone, 1 Angry Black Man and Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment). BK is also the author of the popular Mr. Business: The Adventures of Little BK – children’s book series and founder of SoulVision Magazine and SoulVision.TV. Prior to becoming a full-time author and media entrepreneur, BK was Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region (VA, MD, DC, DE) for Verizon Communications, Inc. and President of Verizon Virginia and West Virginia. He has also held senior leadership, media, technology and policy development posts with the U.S. Department of Commerce, AOL, Time Warner and the National Urban League. BK is a ComputerWorld Smithsonian Laureate Medal recipient and his thought-leading papers on technology and community building are permanently archived at the Smithsonian Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science degree and Sloan Fellowship from Harvard’s – Kennedy School of Government and the New School’s -Milano School of Management and Policy Analysis, and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. BK is the father of twin boys (Joshua and Terrell) and is married to Jacquelyn E. Stone, Esq.

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Board Member

Mr. Brown is a native of Jackson, MS and has resided in Greenburgh, NY since 1979. A Freedom Rider at the age of 16, he plunged into the Civil Rights Movement after being arrested for sitting at a Whites Only lunch counter at the local Woolworth’s. As a Field Secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Mr. Brown worked primarily in Greenwood and Jackson, MS in direct action and travelled the state, working on Voter Registration. He eventually moved to Chicago, IL where he worked with the Friends of SNCC on demonstrations, local politics, preparation for the March on Washington and fundraising. A year later he moved to New York and worked with the local SNCC office and the New York CORE group. Mr. Brown has a Masters Degree in Social Work from SUNY Stony Brook. Currently, he co-chairs the African American Men of Westchester Business Skills Olympics program and was appointed to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission He is a member of the White Plains Juneteenth Committee, and a member of the African American Men of Westchester.


Board Member

Nikki Walker is the director of community engagement and DE&I at Domo where she works with a team of professionals to elevate and amplify Domo’s mission and values in the workplace and in the community. She does so by creating and driving  programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion, workplace equity and belonging, community engagement and Domo for Good. In her role as DE&I director, Walker leads Domo’s newly formed DEI leadership council, which represents multiple voices from around the organization to bring a more contextual application of DEI best practices and outcomes across the entire business. In addition to helping advance a culture of belonging, Walker also focuses on creating employment pipelines and supporting student leadership programs that help build and nurture a more diverse pool of qualified talent for the tech industry.

Nikki currently serves on the board of directors for The Utah Black Chamber, Encircle and The Children’s Center, as well as the Foundation Board and President’s Cabinet of Salt Lake Community College. Walker is also a member of The KUED Advisory Board. She is the 2021 winner of the Women Tech Council Change Catalyst award and a 2022 inductee of Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch, The W Collective’s 40 Over 40 and The 2022 Bronze Stevie winner in the category of Female Employee of the Year.

Dontaye Carter
Board Member

Dontaye Carter started Carter Media Group in 2017 to work with attorneys to use their client’s stories to drive change. He has worked on some of the nation’s most prominent legal cases, including #SurvivingRKelly case, The Maggie Thomas Case, Ahmaud Arbery case, the Jimmy Atchison case, and many more.

Carter began his professional career working in television news as an Executive Producer, Anchor, Reporter, and Editor. After more than a decade, Carter left the news industry to become the youngest  Director of the Public Relations Department at the Fulton County DistrictAttorney’s Office, the largest DA’s office in the State of Georgia. Nearly two years later, Carter launched Carter Media Group.

Board Member

Jeanne Luckett has been a communications professional for over 50 years, working principally with nonprofits, public agencies, and social justice and human rights initiatives. She is currently communications consultant for the Eudora Welty Foundation and the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. She has also consulted for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation.



Nathan Tolman has more than 25 years of senior financial management experience. He has a Master’s of Accountancy from Utah State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Utah. He has worked in finance for the healthcare, tech, retail and public utilities sectors, gaining diverse experience.


Robert Hanson has almost 30 years of experience driving profitable growth in challenging, competitive and volatile markets. Robert received his BBA from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from University of New Haven. Robert also a military veteran, having served with the 82nd Airborne Division.


Civil Rights Advisor

With his work as an investigative reporter, Jerry Mitchell has helped put four Klansmen and a suspected serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption in Mississippi, helping lead to investigations, exonerations, firings and reforms of state agencies. Jerry has won multiple awards including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the inaugural Medgar Evers Justice Award,

Katrina Rouse

Curriculum Advisor

Katrina Rouse is a certified educator with more than 15 years of experience and currently serves as K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for her school district. Her extensive experience makes her uniquely qualified to present and train other educators on state and national levels.