Looking back at the Katz drugstore sit-in
OKLAHOMA CITY – A lot has changed since segregation but it’s always important to take a look back at our past.
A group of Oklahomans are spending February remembering life-altering moments in history, like the Katz store sit-in.
Bruce Fisher said, “This exhibit and part of it we kept from last exhibit. Because it talks about the sit-in movement that began in Oklahoma City on Aug. 19, 1958. Most people under 50-years-old have no idea that at one time, African-Americans could not go to a restaurants downtown, to go to a fast food place and be able to go inside and order food. On Aug. 19, 1958, Ms. Luper and 14 young people went downtown to a place called Katz drugstore and that’s what began the sit-in movement.”
Ayanna Najuma said, “I was one of 12 children, I guess you could say young people, who went to Katz drugstore. I was next to the youngest, I was 7-years-old and my sister Lana was five. One of the most important things that the sit-in movement did was to allow me to develop leadership skills. I’m feeling very proud, I’m proud that I was a part of history. I’m glad that the impact that it had on Oklahoma has been amazing.”