December 1, 2017
We kicked off the last month with the National Association of Multicultural Educators (N.A.M.E.) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah with a special screening of “The Uncomfortable Truth“. This was a standing room only screening with people even sitting on the floor. It was a pleasure to meet so many new faces and connect with educators who are excited to share in the vision of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation.
Loki Mulholland was to fly to Indianapolis, IN for a screening of “The Uncomfortable Truth” but after sitting at the airport for seven hours his flight was canceled and the next one out wouldn’t get him there in time for the screening. But, the show must go on and so Loki was able to Skype in for the Q&A that followed. One person posted about the film on Facebook, “I had the privy of viewing a screening by director Loki Mulholland and interact with him regarding his documentary “The Uncomfortable Truth”. If you have problems getting people who have a narrow view of racism or the problems in society in general today, I will link his documentary for the hopes of breaking down those barriers to open dialogue of understanding. I have to say any argument, disagreement, or prejudice conversation you have had, let the film do its talking and then engage them. If they are open to seeking true knowledge, I believe you will see a transformation in their thoughts. Dare I say, a humbleness from them. My review is 2 toes and thumbs up!”
And then there was this from Bianca Lynne who attended the same screening, “Just finished up with the screening of “The Uncomfortable Truth “ at The Church Within. When I tell Loki Mulholland is dope, he gets a ✊🏾.This film is of equal caliber with 13th. This offers a unique look at generational privilege while opening your eyes to being “woke” in practice. Well done Mr. Mulholland.”
Next, we traveled to Pomona, California to meet and interview the widow of slain Civil Rights Leader, Medgar Evers. Mrs. Myrlie Evers was a delight. There’s more about that encounter on our blog post titled, “Who Killed Medgar Evers?” Upon returning to Utah from California we had a meeting with the Jordan School District and they, along with the the Salt Lake School District will be providing a curriculum package to every fifth grade class in their district.
It was then BACK to California for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference in San Francisco where Loki Mulholland joined the foundation’s education partner, Studies Weekly and gave two presentations on how to talk about racism in the classroom.
Meanwhile, The Men of Iota Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. had their 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony where a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Joan Trumapuer Mulholland Foundation was presented to M. Kasim BakenRa who is attending Arizona State University as biochemistry major.
During Thanksgiving, Loki Mulholland wrote the first few drafts of his next illustrated children’s book titled, “Big Nose”. The book was one he wanted to do prior to “She Stood for Freedom” and with a couple of days off he was able to get a serviceable version ready to pursue an illustrator.
The month ended with development of a new podcast series that will start “airing” in 2019, a successful Facebook fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday, a meeting to start developing a teachers guide to “The Uncomfortable Truth” which should be ready by March 2018 and “An Ordinary Hero” being recognized as an Amazon Choice!
Thank you to all of your for your support and helping us move the work forward.