Oklahoma civil rights activist speaks at McAlester festival

Oklahoma civil rights icon speaks at Soul Food Festival in McAlester

TULSA, Okla. — QUICK FACTS:

  • Ayanna Najuma, a civil rights activist spoke at McAlester High School's Afro Student Union's Soul Food Festival in McAlester.
  • In August 1958, Najuma participated in a sit in at an Oklahoma City drug store. The iconic photo taken at the sit in helped spur more sit ins across the country.
  • After a career doing lots of advocacy work, Najuma speaks all over the country, focusing a lot on children. She wants parents to set good examples for their kids and do right by them so they can grow into balanced adults.

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