"The heartbreaking question I kept having was,

how could those same people that came here

looking for freedom, deny freedom to others?"

     Mrs. Clara Luper was a civic leader, history & government school teacher, journalist, author, playwright, movie producer, entrepreneur, civil rights leader, social justice advocate, and pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. 

      She is best known for her leadership role in the 1958 Oklahoma City Katz Drug Store sit-in, the first  major non-violent sit-in protest in the United States. As the NAACP Youth Council Advisor, Mrs. Luper led the members in  nonviolent sit-in protests at Katz and other lunch-counters, restaurants, amusement parks and other public accommodations until their  policies of racial segregation were overturned.

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​​To continue the legacy of Clara Luper by establishing future generations of diverse citizens dedicated to academic excellence; cultural and historical preservation; and public service with a commitment to end acts of injustice and intolerance. 



Our programs are designed to provide youth and residents of underserved communities access to opportunities and resources that will inspire, engage and equip them to realize their dreams while never losing the importance of giving back and helping someone else fulfill theirs.



Clara Luper Legacy Foundation

"The more I traveled, the more I realized that I had to know and understand history, my history. I had to understand that America is nothing but a dream...a land that heard the cries for freedom and birthed the dreams of the freedom-seeking people who freely settled here."

Our Misson:

Mrs. Clara Luper