Horn introduces bill to rename downtown post office for Clara Luper
Led by Rep. Kendra Horn, Oklahoma members of the U.S. House on Tuesday sponsored legislation to rename the downtown Oklahoma City post office after civil rights pioneer Clara Luper.
“Oklahoma City was ground zero for America’s civil rights movement,” Horn, D-Oklahoma City, said.
“We need to share that proud history and to make sure that the story of the historic sit-in movement led by Clara Luper and the NAACP Youth Council is never lost. Renaming Oklahoma City’s Downtown Post Office as the Clara Luper Post Office is just one small step we can take to honor those who struggled for civil rights here in Oklahoma and inspired activists from across the country to do the same. Our fight for equality and freedom is not over. I hope that the Clara Luper Post Office serves as a reminder of the work we have left to do.”
Horn said the post office, at 305 NW 5, is near the former site of Katz Drug Store, where in 1958 Luper led a civil rights sit-in to protest the refusal to serve black people. Luper also led a sanitation strike in 1959 near the post office.
Luper, a schoolteacher, died in 2011 at the age of 88.
The MAPS 4 projects approved by Oklahoma City voters last month include a civil rights museum to be named for Luper.