'Trying to make history'
Langston honors civil rights pioneer, looks to new leader

By Devona Walker Modified: February 25, 2008 at 9:39 am •  Published: February 25, 2008
LANGSTON — Langston University students Sunday night honored Oklahoma civil rights leader Clara Luper as someone who has made history during her lifetime.

The occasion, the Miss Black Langston Scholarship Pageant, ended a month of activities for Black History Month. This year marked the first time the predominately black university has celebrated with an entire month of activities. On hand were alumni, parents of students, faculty and friends of the university.

"People in our age group are trying to make history. They see an African-American and a woman running (for president), that's history in the making,” said Harron Haywood, a sophomore from Detroit. "If it weren't this, if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to make history.”

The 2008 presidential election features the first woman in U.S. history to be considered a legitimate candidate, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and the first black presidential candidate considered a legitimate contender, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The three front-runners, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Clinton and Obama, are all viable candidates within the race. According to numerous polls of likely U.S. voters, Obama has a slight edge in the field.

Student sees hope in election
Sophomore Demaundray Woolridge recently transferred to Langston to play football. Over the weekend, he crammed to stay on top of his studies.


Loria Jackson and other contestants break into some impromptu dancing backstage before the Miss Black Langston University pageant on Sunday. BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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