Operating Partner For Luper Center Named

Christina Beatty

The City Council voted last week to name the Freedom Center of Oklahoma City, LLC, as the operating partner for the Clara Luper Civil Rights Center, a MAPS 4 project.

Christina Beatty was named as project director of the non-profit.

The center will include interpretative exhibitions, community gathering places and educational programming.

The $26.8 million project includes operating and longterm maintenance funds.

“The facility will enhance the public’s understanding of the Oklahoma City Civil Rights Movement,” a statement said, “and the significant role local efforts played in ending segregationist policies nationally.”

“The Freedom Center of Oklahoma City, LLC., is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to educate, empower and enlighten the community to reflect on the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement of Oklahoma,” a news release said.

The Luper Center will not only preserve history, housing an archive for historic documents and artifacts, but will also be a relevant contemporary resource for youth and adults serving as a community gathering place where all are welcome,” said Christina Beatty, project director for the non-profit.

“The purpose of this significant center is to encourage continuous learning, foster civic engagement, build community and cultivate a sense of belonging.”

Construction on the center, to be built at NE 25th Street and Martin Luther King Avenue, will begin in the fall of 2024.

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