Metro Library System Celebrates Black History Month With World Premiere Play About Clara Luper


She’s called “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” but few people realize that Clara Luper’s sit in at the Katz Drugstore in downtown Oklahoma City occurred 18 months before the more famous sit in in Greensboro, N.C.

Clara Luper’s story will be celebrated by the Metropolitan Library System with a world premiere play, “Sitting In With Clara,” through the month of February at 11 different library locations.  The play’s run begins on Tuesday, February 7 and continues through Tuesday, February 28.

“Every February, which nationally is Black History Month, we team with playwright DWe Williams and the talented actors from Rhythmically Speaking to present a new work about the Black experience in Oklahoma,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow.  This year we’re combining the energy and originality of the actors with the historical perception of DWe to present the most inspirational pieces we’ve ever done.”

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, 

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at