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Freedom Fiesta Celebration - 64th Anniversary Schedule




Freedom Fiesta Celebration Schedule:

Thursday, August 18, 2022: 6p - 9p

Jazz Concert

Featuring acclaimed composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe

Yale Theatre

227 SW 25th, OKC

Friday, August 19, 2022: 6p - 9p

Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion on the "Freedom Story"

Paseo Art Gallery

3024 Paseo, OKC

Saturday, August 20, 2022: 8:30a

Reenactment March - Frontline Church to Kaiser's Grateful Bean Cafe

Frontline Church

1104 N. Robinson, OKC

Sunday, August 21, 2022: 6p - 8p

Keynote Speaker - Rev. Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor of Concord Church - Dallas, TX

Fifth Street Baptist Church

801 NE 5th Street, OKC

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Composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe to perform during Freedom Fiesta




Hannibal Lokumbe is an American Classical composer, poet, community activist, and noted jazz trumpeter. His career spans more than four decades, originally from Smithville, Texas. 

Hannibal is the founder and director of the Music Liberation Orchestra, a program that teaches music, poetry, and genealogy to incarcerated men in the Bastrop County Jail (Texas), New Orleans Parish Prison (Louisiana), the Holmes burg Prison (Pennsylvania), and the prison system of Nashville, Tennessee.

Hannibal's notable awards and recognitions: Too numerous to list, but to name a few - Harlem Jazz Hall of Fame Lifetime Inductee, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 2020 recipient, American for the Arts, and Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. 

Commissions: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; The Philadelphia Orchestra; St. Louis symphony; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; The American Composers Orchestra; Houston Symphony; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; New Jersey Symphony/Performing Arts Center; Carnegie Hall; Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residency, 2016-2019 and the Nashville Symphony. His most recent endeavor is with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Symphony, where he has been commissioned to write the score for the 2022-2023 Classics featuring the Clara Luper Centennial, scheduled for May 2023.

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Eastside Pizza celebrates Clara Luper in August




In celebration of the 64th anniversary of the Katz Sit-Ins. For the month of August, Eastside Pizza House will donate a portion of Clara Luper Pizza sales to the Clara Luper Legacy foundation.


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The story of Oklahoma City's leading civil rights activist


2012.2012.B1439.0757 Oklahoma Publishing Company Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society


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."

About Us

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.

Meet the Committee