Each reel-to-reel cassette and 8-track recording was preserved, rehoused, digitized and edited. The 28 shows include the Okfuskee County-born educator and civil rights leader’s shows from the 1960s through 2006. More shows will be released soon, organizers said.
Luper also was the first black student to enroll in OU’s history department. She earned her masters degree in 1951 and went on to become an early leader in the civil rights movement and sponsored the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council. Many of the state’s earliest “sit-ins” were done under her guidance.