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Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins

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"Not only does this book highlight an important civil rights activist, it can serve as an introduction to child activism as well as the movement itself. Valuable." — Kirkus Reviews starred review

"Relatable and meaningful ... A top addition to nonfiction collections." — School Library Journal starred review

More than a year before the Greensboro sit-ins, a teacher named
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Seagrass Press
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David Schaafsma
"You make your changes in this world"--Clara Luper

Never heard of Clara Luper??! Me, neither. And maybe even in Oklahoma, as 1958 fades steadily into the past, they might forget that a little more than fifty years ago, and not just in the deep south, not just in big cities with access to powerful media, civil rights actions took place, and when that happens, one hook in forming the historical record is to highlight the name of a person who rose out of the group to take leadership.

And in this
Jon Nakapalau
The story of Clara Luper is told in this wonderful book - our children need 'true' role models - now more than ever. Love the simple yet elegant art.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clara Luper is another unsung hero of the Civil Rights movement. After a field trip to New York City where there was no segregation, Luper and her students return to Oklahoma City and cannot make peace with the unjust laws that forced them to take their food outside.

"Then Clara Luper taught them about investigation, negotiation, education, and demonstration. With these four steps of nonviolence, the students were prepared to make sacrifices for justice."

This led them to organize sit-ins at Katz
Bethany M. Edwards
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
60 years ago, Clara Luper and a group of students led the first sit-in at an Oklahoma City business, Katz Drug store.
They simply wanted to enjoy their milkshakes like any other kid while feeling all grown up sitting at the counter.
Instead of just enjoying a meal, Clara led a group of students to learn the 4 steps of peaceful resistance:

Clara will inspire kids from pre-school to high school to make sacrifices for justice one small act at a time.

Wow...just wow. Oklahoma's own hero of civil rights has her own book. Clara Luper was raised to believe that 'someday' she and other African Americans could go to integrated schools, and drink out of the clean water fountains..she waited.

She became a teacher and inspired her students to write and produce a play that got noticed by NAACP...they went to NYC and they saw what integration should look like...parks for all, Arlington Cemetery for all veterans.

She and her children returned to OKC with
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I appreciate how students can be exposed to the Civil Rights Movement where children were involved. Great story for an elementary biography unit.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Someday is Now is a children’s book about the life of Clara Luper, a young black woman from Oklahoma City who would unwittingly spark a string of lunch counter sit-ins that would help to break up segregation in the South. As a little girl, Clara dreamed of the day when segregation would be no more, when she could fully participate in society the way that white folks could. As an adult, she pursued her education and became a teacher that empowered and encouraged her students to actively, but ...more
Often youngsters and the adults in their lives may feel powerless and frustrated by the inequities they see all around them. This picture book biography provides tips for how to resist in nonviolent ways while telling the story of Clara Luper. A teacher and civil rights activist, Luper had grown up hearing her father speak of the changes that were to come eventually. But change surely did seem slow in coming. After she and her students traveled to New York City at the behest of the NAACP to ...more
Bethany M. Edwards
As someone who doesn't remember EVER learning about this gem of history, it had me hooked from the beginning. The book is set in the 1930s, when young Clara Luper and her friends decide to combat segregation using the four steps of nonviolence: “investigation, negotiation, education, and demonstration.” The betrayal of Clara's White friends when forced to make a choice is heartbreaking. However, this peaceful protest is a testament to quiet strength. Not every child needs a bull horn or a stage ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Someday is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, illustrated by Jade Johnson. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Sea Grass (Quarto), 2018. $18. 9781633224988



In 1958 Clara Luper, as an adult leader of an NAACP youth group, sat with her students, ages 6-17, as they held a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in a Oklahoma City drugstore – possibly the first in the country.

Clara’s history leading up to the
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before the sit-ins at Greensboro lunch counters, a group of protesters in Oklahoma City succeeded in desegregating lunch counters at a local chain of restaurants. They moved on to other local businesses with similar success. They were not professional organizers. They were schoolchildren, led by a teacher, Clara Luper.

In addition to telling the story of the sit ins and the many other strides towards equality Luper achieved, the book provides an overview of the process of nonviolent resistance.

Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, 2018
Perfect for early elementary age kids in encouraging them to do what is right and stand up for what is right, even at great cost.

One of my favorite parts is on page 16, the halfway/turning point of the book, which shares the four steps of nonviolence:
and demonstration.

(More about these steps are in the end notes, page 33)
Amy McFadden
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#bookaday summer reading challenge #13. Did you know, in 1958, Clara Luper led a group of children to protest and successfully integrate the lunch counter at Katz drugstore? (That’s a year & a half before the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins.) Would make a great read-aloud. Great endnotes, too. ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit stilted - both text and illustrations but well worth reading to find out more in the continuing new biographies of little known fighters in the Civil Rights Movement. This one is about Clara Luper who taught and brought her kids to sit-ins.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- Exciting, emotional, and thought-provoking story shows how civil disobedience can win rights and build bridges. Readers will be introduced to a civil rights figure they may not be familiar with.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable story about an amazing woman and how she used education to inspire and lead her students to action. What they were able to accomplish was unbelievable! What a powerful book about the strength of individuals and the ability to promote positive change.
Linda Thompson
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiring woman! I should have learned about her in Oklahoma history. It’s a shame that I didn’t.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story. Especially for children to know.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nonviolent activism leads to change in this story of unsung Civil Rights hero, Clara Luper.
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
About Jim Crow/Segregation and about how non-violence helped make the future "someday" (when things would be righted) become now.
Michele Knott
Yes! Someday is NOW! An inspirational read. Pair with The Youngest Marcher.
Add Clara Luper to the list of strong and brave women who stood up for equal rights.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read about civil disobedience and how powerful coming together and taking action can be.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable historical picture book. We need to instill in our children today that they to can make changes in this world.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a simple book for such a heavy topic. Great for young readers about how they too can make a difference in society. And such a good history of such a terrible time.
Alli Davis
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about Clara Luper. She was an African American equal rights activist who inspired her students to stand up for what they believe in. At the time there was still segregation in the South. The class travels to the North where they are free to sit in restaurants with white people. When they return to Oklahoma, the students and Clara organize sit-ins at various stores and restaurants. They have food thrown at them and were yelled at for days but they continued to sit-in. One day the ...more
Miss Sarah
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A picture book biography of civil rights leader and teacher Clara Luper who taught her students nonviolent ways to protest segregation. Very moving. Elementary
Another good book to add to our library collection on civil rights.

Clara Luper taught her students that "education meant participation" in the process of freedom. First by performing a play she wrote called Brother President that showed people speaking up for justice. Then by taking them to New York City to perform their play where they could see integration. "Everything they ate tasted so good, sprinkled with hope, spiced with justice."

After experiencing that freedom in New York, her students
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't think I'd ever heard a single story of the Civil Rights movement in Oklahoma - but fortunately, this book remedied that oversight! AND it gave me Clara Luper, one bad-ass teacher.
I really liked the methods she presented - and some of her quotes are fantastic.

The book may be a bit too wordy for some kids (it's a little dry in places) and everybody's forked noses in the illustrations were creepy. Those two things aside, though, it's a solid biography.
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