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NAACP honors Archie Archuleta for his contributions to civil rights in Utah

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Latino activist and civil-rights advocate Robert "Archie" Archuleta and his wife, Lois Archuleta, look over some of the historical photos showing the life of "Freedom Rider" Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Mulholland was the featured speaker during the NAACP Salt Lake City branch's Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday. Archie Archuleta was honored with the Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award.

Robert “Archie” Archuleta, “an icon of activism in Utah,” received the NAACP Salt Lake City branch‘s Albert Fritz Civil Rights Award during the organization’s 99th annual Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday.

The longtime civil rights leader and educator worked for the Salt Lake City mayor’s office and the capital’s school district.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nate Salazar, left, of Mayor Biskupski's office, speaks with retired educator, Latino activist, and civil rights advocate Robert "Archie" Archuleta prior to his being presented with the Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award, by the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP, Friday, October 27, 2017.

Also speaking at Friday’s event was “Freedom Rider” Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. According the NAACP branch’s website, the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award-winner “is a Civil Rights Legend who participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.”

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