Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
I did not know who Clara Luper was before picking up this children’s book. Now, I will never forget her.
Clara was a civil rights leader and teacher who led by example. Her actions were of a piece with those who sat in at Woolworths and with Rosa Parks and that bus.
Clara grew up in segregated Oklahoma. As a teacher, she and a group of students traveled to New York. There, they saw what it was like to go into just any restaurant and sit down. So, back in Oklahoma, Clara and her students repeatedly went to a drugstore, sat down and asked to be served Cokes. You can imagine how that went until…something changed.
This is an inspiring story. It is perfect for Black History Month or any time. It serves as a reminder of how people can truly make a difference. This is a great title for home and school libraries.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 07 August 2018