Oklahoma civil rights icon Clara Luper dies at 88 (AP) – 1943th Edition

10 06 2011

FILE In this Nov. 16, 1971 photo, longtime Oklahoma civil rights leader, Clara Luper announces her candidacy for the U.S. Senate at a rally on Oklahoma city's east side. Luper, who led sit-ins at drug store lunch counters in Oklahoma, has died at age 88. Luper's daughter, Marilyn Hildreth, said Thursday, June 9, 2011 that her mother died Wednesday night after a lengthy illness. Luper, who retired from her role as a school teacher in 1991, said in a 2006 interview with The Associated Press that she had dedicated her life to spreading the message of racial and gender equality. (AP Photo/File)AP – As she watched a television broadcast of President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, Clara Luper had tears in her eyes. The Oklahoma civil rights icon knew that her and other activists’ struggle had reached a milestone with the election of the nation’s first black president.

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