OU names African American studies department in Clara Luper’s honor | University of Oklahoma


The University of Oklahoma’s Department of African and African American Studies now honors one of Oklahoma’s most recognized civil rights leaders.

Clara Luper will have her name forever attached to one of the university’s newest academic departments. The OU Board of Regents approved the measure in its regular meeting last week.

“We honor Clara Luper as a trailblazer for human rights and as a symbol of the university’s commitment to equal opportunity for all people,” OU President David Boren said.

Luper taught history and public relations classes at Oklahoma City-area high schools for more than 40 years. During that time, she also led the first sit-ins in the nation, paving a path…

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