I read Stacy Martin’s article last Wednesday in the City Sentinel newspaper of Oklahoma City, “Historic NAACP Center in danger of closing,” with great dismay. According to the article:

The timing of the Jan. 18th 2010 tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. couldn’t arrive at a more ironic time for Oklahoma’s NAACP office, 2609 N. Martin Luther King Ave.

NAACP’s historic Freedom Center headquarters in Oklahoma City is currently crushed by debt, operating costs and is in dire need of repairs. Conditions may force leadership to close its doors, said NAACP president Anthony R. Douglas.

I started working with a teacher and group of students this past fall in Norman Public Schools on a OKC3 Project focused on Clara Luper and her contributions to the fight for civil rights here in Oklahoma. At this point I do not know what fundraising plans are in place to try and keep the NAACP Center open. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to find out and if possible, help the cause.

We’ve started collecting some online video links about Clara Luper on our project wiki. Do you know about “the longest sit-in movement in the history of the United States?” Do you know why Clara Luper is a hero in Oklahoma? Do your students? We all should!

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