Black History Month

The celebration of Black History Month began as “Negro History Week”, which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month-long celebration in 1976.

Voices of Oklahoma joins the celebration by sharing stories of notable African Americans in Oklahoma.

Did you know the Oklahoma city lunch counter sit-ins were the first in the nation?

Joyce Henderson was an Oklahoma City high school student and talks about her sit-in experience in the mid-1960s, led by Clara Luper. Listen here to hear her story.

In 1946 the University of Oklahoma College of law denied admission to Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher because she was African American. Ada became a test case which went to the U.S. Supreme Court to strike another blow against “separate but equal” education.

Voices of Oklahoma is proud to present Ada’s son, Bruce, who learned about this case at his mother’s knee. He tells her story here.

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