August 19, 1958

Renowned civil rights activist and teacher Clara Luper, advisor for the Oklahoma City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), led her students into the segregated Katz drugstore. They sat at the counter, taking up the seats, as they waited to have their order taken. The sit-in was successful, and Luper and her students continued the tactic throughout the state’s establishments.

Melton, Johnny. Clara Luper Boarding a Bus, photograph, August 26, 1963; The Gateway to Oklahoma History; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Read more about Clara Luper at the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

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