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Oklahoma Civil Rights and Racism

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahomans who have continually fought against racism and advocated for the civil rights of minorities.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Civil Rights Activist

Her son, Bruce, tells the story of his pioneering mother who became the first African-American to attend OU's law school.

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Barbara Santee

Barbara Santee

NARAL, Women’s Rights

For more than 40 years, she was a leading voice for women's reproductive rights.

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Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Taulbert

Businessman & Author

Overcoming obstacles of segregation, he went on to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

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Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Mount Zion Baptist Church

A leading voice for racial justic and pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church for 50 years.

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George Henderson

George Henderson

University of Oklahoma

Activist, author, and educator; Henderson made an impression amidst cultural diversity.

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Gloria Dialectic

Gloria Dialectic

Gloria Dialectic – Social Worker

She dedicated her career to helping society's most vulnerable citizens.

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Jeanne Eason Phillips

Jeanne Eason Phillips

Witness to the Civil Rights Era

Even thought they endured the pain of racism, Jeanne and Judy tell a very upbeat story of making Oklahoma a better place to live.

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Jim Goodwin

Jim Goodwin

Owner of The Oklahoma Eagle Newspaper, Lawyer, Healthcare Leader

James "Jim" Osby Goodwin is the owner of The Oklahoma Eagle, Tulsa's only black-owned newspaper, a prominent lawyer who argued cases for free speech and reparations for the 1921 Race Massacre, and served on the Tulsa City-County Board of Health for over 50 years.

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Joyce Henderson

Joyce Henderson

Educator and Civil Rights Activist

As a child of the civil rights era, her mentor, Clara Luper, taught her to stand up for equality.

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Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson

Civil Rights Activist, First Black Female Journalist on Oklahoma TV

A tireless advocate for sharing and applauding the history of black communities, civil rights activist Joyce Jackson was the first black female journalist in Oklahoma television history.

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LaDonna Harris

LaDonna Harris

Social Activist and Politician

A loyal and tireless advocate for the civil liberties of women and Native Americans.

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Loretta Young Jackson

Loretta Young Jackson

Community Leader

Lorettea holds many honors, but her greatest work lies in the discovery and restoration of the Verden Separate School.

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Marilyn Luper

Marilyn Luper

1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins

Daughter of Clara Luper, an icon of the civil rights era who led sit-ins at Oklahoma City lunch counters in 1958.

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Marques Haynes

Marques Haynes

Harlem Globetrotter

A unique talent for basketball took him from small-town America to the world.

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Maxine Horner

Maxine Horner

Former Oklahoma Senator

One of the first African-American women in the Oklahoma State Senate, serving from 1986 to 2004.

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Norma Eagleton

Norma Eagleton

Public Official and Lawyer

A pioneering public official and true servant to her community and fellow citizens.

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Porter Reed

Porter Reed

Baseball Player, Negro League

As an athlete in the Negro Leagues, he played baseball with the greats.

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Ray Feldman

Ray Feldman

Community Leader

A lover of the law and human rights, anthropology, nature, and -- most of all -- his wife Nancy.

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Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Unitarian Minister

As a senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, he used his pulpit to promote civil rights for minorities, women, and children.

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Wess & Cathryn Young

Wess & Cathryn Young

Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre

Survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and dedicated activist is joined by his wife, Cathryn.

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