THE CLARA LUPER LEGACY
CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
2012.201.B0366B.0546 Oklahoma Publishing Company Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society, July 4, 1964.
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Unity in the Community
The public is invited to celebrate the life, legacy, and 100th birthday of Civil Rights leader Clara Luper.
Clara Luper’s impact has been and is still prominently influencing the nation. The Clara Luper Legacy Committee will celebrate her legacy and the equitable work she continues to inspire.
“Unity in the Community–100th Birthday Celebration of Clara Luper” will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The event starts at 9 a.m., and the program will take place from 10–11 a.m.
A “Unity Roll Call” will take place during the event. It is a symbolic representation to illustrate that people from all communities must unite as one if we want to witness equitable change within Oklahoma. Schools, businesses, and organizations can sign up online to be represented during the “Unity Roll Call.”
Community organizations will come together to share resources. If you want to host a community table, please sign up online.
Registration is not required to attend the event. “Unity in the Community” is free and open to people of all ages. Cultural attire is welcomed.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The story of Oklahoma City's leading civil rights activist
2012.2012.B1439.0757 Oklahoma Publishing Company Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society
The Clara Luper Legacy Committee works to support the sit-in and civil rights movement, Oklahoma, and the nation.
We are here to educate and
to keep the story of educator and activist, Clara Luper, alive.
Marilyn Luper Hildreth
In order to understand where we are going, we must understand where we have been. It is our responsibility to tell the story of the Oklahoma civil rights movement. My mother, Clara Luper, loved and was totally involved in her community. She believed all children could learn and referred to them as her diamonds. She always dreamed of a better day. And would say to us, "I want you to go to places I have never been and dream dreams I have never had." I would often ask her after a demonstration when people would spit on us, kick us, laugh, and call us names, "Do I have to love these people?" She would say, "You have no choice. You must love your enemies as you love yourself."