Clara Luper to be remembered at Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Oklahoma civil rights legend Clara Luper will be honored this year during Oklahoma City's Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities, organizers said.
BY MATT PATTERSON Published: January 7, 2012

Oklahoma City's Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities have grown over the years to include multiple events across the city.

The parade continues to grow, Jones said. One goal for organizers is to increase the event's scope. Groups from all walks of life participate. Jones said over the years gay rights groups have marched in the parade. This year, members of Occupy OKC will be marching, he said.

“We really do want it to be all inclusive and it has become bigger and more diverse,” he said. “It's not a black thing; it's a people thing. I sometimes think people miss out because they think it's for one group of people. It wasn't just blacks who marched with Dr. King. It was all kinds of people.”


MLK events

Jan. 16

• 7 a.m.: Prayer breakfast at Sheraton Hotel, 5800 Will Rogers Road, $10 per person.

• 9 a.m.: Silent march beginning at the Clara Luper NAACP Freedom Center, 2609 Martin Luther King Ave.

• 11 a.m.: Bell ringing at Oklahoma History Center, NE 23 and N Lincoln Boulevard.

• Noon: Holiday Coalition Program at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7.

• 2 p.m.: The parade begins at Broadway and NW 7, proceeds down Broadway to Sheridan, then east through Bricktown to the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center. Grandstands are at NW 5 and Broadway.

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