August 19, 2020 to August 19, 2020
Features Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Marilyn Luper Hildreth, Dr. Bob Blackburn, Jabee Williams, Reverend J. A. Reed, Larry Jeffries, Reverend Dr. Lee E. Cooper, and Gwenda Roberts, with Joyce Jackson, editor and publisher of SHADES magazine, as the moderator. The keynote speaker will be former NAACP National Youth Council Director Reverend Amos Brown.
As part of the event, viewers will be given a virtual tour of the Clara Luper portion of the exhibit Realizing the Dream at the Oklahoma History Center by Bruce Fisher, historian and curator of the exhibit.
On August 19, 1958, two years prior to the famous sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, members of the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council staged a protest at Katz Drug Store in downtown Oklahoma City. Through their persistence, these 13 children began the integration of restaurants in Oklahoma City. Clara Luper and her students continued to hold sit-ins throughout Oklahoma into the 1960s, helping to integrate public accommodations in the state.