Freedom Rider to Share Story and Documentary at UMW, Feb. 3

Joan Mulholland, shown during a trip to UMW in 2011, will be a part of UMW's Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3.

More than 50 years ago, a 19-year-old college student named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland bought a flight to Mississippi and joined the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. … [Read more...]

UMW Receives International Award for Freedom Rides Tribute

A 1960s-era bus and life-sized historical photos helped tell the story of the Freedom Rides.

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized with the prestigious international “Grand Gold” Circle of Excellence Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its 2011 tribute to James Farmer and the 1960s Freedom Rides. UMW received the top award in the special events category and was one of only 19 institutions to win the “grand gold” award for exceptional entries. CASE received more than 2,800 entries in 40 categories from 567 member institutions, independent schools and nonprofit organizations around the world. The International Circle of Excellence awards program distinguishes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. The work was judged by peer professionals as well as those from outside the educational arena. “In the marking of an event that changed the course of history, I’m thrilled that the rest of the world now recognizes what I long have believed: the University of … [Read more...]

Rep. John Lewis Presents Resolution in Honor of UMW

UMW graduation, Saturday May 7, 2011. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recently presented a congressional resolution that honors University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley. The resolution congratulates Hurley on his inauguration as UMW’s ninth president and recognizes UMW for its 2011 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Lewis, one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, gave the undergraduate commencement address at UMW in May. In the resolution, Lewis reflects on UMW’s ties to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s: Like any leader, he has encountered many challenges.  But President Hurley understands that what compelled a diverse group of Americans in 1961 to board southward-bound buses for Civil Rights is the same calling that can inspire minds and change hearts today. I saw that for myself this year when he embraced the history of his institution and one of its distinguished faculty, my friend and fellow Freedom Rider, James Farmer. President Hurley led one of the country’s most impressive … [Read more...]