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Oklahoma Civil Rights Pioneer Dies

Filed by Rachel Hubbard in Feature, Local News.
June 9, 2011

Oklahoma civil rights leader Clara Luper has died in Oklahoma City at age 88.  Luper died Wednesday night after a lengthy illness.  In August 1958, Luper led a group of three adult chaperones and 14 members of the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council in a sit-in at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter. The group was refused service but refused to leave.  The sit-in lasted several days before Katz agreed to integrate its lunch counters in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Over the next six years, the local NAACP group held sit-ins that desegregated virtually all eating establishments in Oklahoma City.  Luper is survived by two daughters and a son.  Clara Luper was 88.

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