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Norman Public Library Hosts African American Read-In

altKnown by many as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Clara Luper will be the featured guest at the African American Read-In at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, on Sunday, February 8, from 2-4 p.m.

Luper, author of autobiography Behold the Walls, initiated the civil rights battle in Oklahoma with a 1958 sit-in demonstration at the segregated lunch counter of Katz Drugstore in downtown Oklahoma City.

“We are honored to have Clara and her children join us for the Read-In. It seems almost incredible to think that we have gone from segregation and oppression of Blacks to having an African American President of the United States within the span of her lifetime and due, in a very real way, to her efforts,” says Read-In organizer Charlotte Gordon.

“We invite everyone to come to the Read-In this Sunday to meet Clara Luper and to enjoy hearing passages written by some of our favorite Black authors read aloud by some of our favorite people in the community,” Gordon says. “We’ll even have books from the library collection available for people to read from if they do not bring something of their own to read. “

Featured readers include Teresa Turner, Miss Black OU Breanca Thomas, and local authors Lucinda Marie Thierry, Chaz Kyser, and Joann Cheneau. Step teams from the University of Oklahoma and Kennedy Elementary School will perform. The event also marks the first day that tickets will be available for the 2009 Norman Public Library Crowns Tea, scheduled for Sunday, February 22.

For more information about the African American Read In, visit

For information about the programs and services offered by the Norman Public Library call 701-2600.
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