Death of Clara Luper

May 23, 1923 - June 8, 2011
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Age 88

Oklahoma civil rights icon dies at 88
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KEN MILLER, The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As she watched a television broadcast of President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009, Clara Luper had tears in her eyes. The Oklahoma civil rights icon knew that her and other activists' struggle had reached a milestone with the election of the nation's first black president.

"This is our day," she said at the time, calling his inauguration the "fulfillment of dreams of people."

Luper, who died late...

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