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Clara Luper. Tulsa World file

One of the nation’s first publicized sit-ins in protest of segregation was held in 1958 at a Katz drugstore in Oklahoma City.

The result? Within two days, Katz officials had desegregated the lunch counters at their stores in three states.

The main organizer behind the sit-in was a local school teacher and NAACP youth adviser named Clara Luper. And she was just getting started.

Through the efforts of Luper and others, hundreds of establishments around Oklahoma would eventually desegregate.


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