​August 19, 1958: Clara Luper Unofficially Desegregates Katz Lunch Counter

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On a Tuesday afternoon, high school history teacher Clara Super & a group of the NAACP Youth Council members entered the segregated Katz drugstore in downtown Oklahoma City, sat at the lunch counter and asked to be served. 

2 days later, Katz corporate management in Kansas City desegregated its lunch counters in 3 states.

This successful August, 1958 sit-in led by Luper, her eight-year old daughter who suggested the action, and the rest of the children in the NAACP Youth Council, at the Katz Drug Store occurred a year and a half before the February 1, 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins.

Clara Shepard Luper (born Clara Mae Shepard) was a civic leader, retired schoolteacher, and a pioneering leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She is best known for her leadership role in the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-in Movement, as she, her young son and daughter, and numerous young members of the NAACP Youth Council successfully conducted nonviolent sit-in protests of downtown drugstore lunch-counters which overturned their policies of segregation.

Luper continued desegregating hundreds of establishments in Oklahoma, and was active on the national level during the 1960’s movements.

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