Oklahoma Civil Rights Movement Pioneer: Clara Luper

Clara Shepard Luper. Image from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Today marked a a sad day in Oklahoma history as Oklahoma Civil Rights icon, Clara Luper, died Wednesday evening.

From a News9 article:

“Luper has been the face of the Oklahoma civil rights movement since 1958, when she led a sit-in protest inside Katz Drug Store in downtown Oklahoma City, where the owners had refused to serve black customers…”

To read more from this article, please visit: http://newsok.com/civil-rights-leader-clara-luper-has-died/article/3575634#ixzz1OoGohKpF

The Library has Clara Luper’s book Behold the Walls available for checkout on the 2nd floor of the Library at the call number JC585 .L7 1979 .

Behold the Walls documents Luper’s experiences with fighting for civil rights in Oklahoma City during the 1960s.

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