Olivia Hooker Turned 102

Olivia Hooker, a civil-rights trailblazer, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Sunday.

Last Sunday Olivia Hooker, an American patriot with a unique story, turned 102.

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When she was just 6 she was caught in the middle of Tulsa riots, she saw the destruction Tulsa’s Black Wall Street. Ku Klux Klan members ruined her family home too. “They were furious when they came in our home and my mother was cooking and not running away,” she remembers. “They took the food and dumped it in the mud and then they came back and took her nice flaky biscuits out of the oven and dumped them out on the dirt.”

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In 1945, she joined the U.S. Coast Guard SPAR and was the first African-American woman to do so. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology. She was celebrated by 3 presidents and even got into a book Tulsa Girl, by Shameen Anthanio-Williams.

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Hooker recommends young generation to watch their bags and trust few, as “there are people who will not tell you the straight truth.” She’s perfectly right because not too many whites are eager to tell the truth to or about Black people. Anyway, we wish Olivia Hooker happy birthday and hope she will leave long enough to see positive changes.

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