2-Day Itinerary for Exploring Black History & Culture in OKC

What's on the agenda in OKC when it comes to celebrating Black culture and history? From enlightening museums that bring history to life to Black-owned culinary gems where flavors tell their own stories, Oklahoma City is brimming with experiences that honor the African-American legacy. This action-packed two-day itinerary welcomes you to our city with the latest and greatest in Black culture in OKC, filled with inspiration for your visit and the scoop on can't-miss events.

Day One

Start your exploration of Oklahoma City's Black culture with a caffeine-fueled breakfast at Black-owned Culture Coffee. After fueling up, head over to the Deep Deuce District, once the heart of the city's thriving jazz scene and a vital center for Black commerce and culture. Here, the legacy of musical legends like Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing continues to resonate. 

Delve deeper into the district's rich history with a visit to Calvary Baptist Church, a cornerstone of the Civil Rights movement and a place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself spoke. Witness the stunning Western sculptures celebrating Black and Native American contributions to the region by artist-in-residence LaQuincey Reed at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

For a lunch steeped in soul, dine at Florence’s Restaurant and indulge in dishes like yam fried chicken and fried pork ribs, served with classic Southern sides. Next, broaden your cultural horizons with a visit to the Oklahoma State Capitol, home to an impressive collection of art highlighting Black historical figures, or the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, which boasts fascinating exhibits showcasing the achievements of Black athletes.

Dish at Grey Sweater

Cap off your day with dinner at any of Deep Deuce’s must-try, Black-owned spots. For an innovative American culinary experience, dine at Black Walnut or Grey Sweater, which offers diners a three-tiered tasting menu. You can’t go wrong with either one, as they’re both helmed by James Beard award winner Chef Andrew Black. 

Day Two

Start day two of your journey into Oklahoma City’s Black history and culture with a visit to the Oklahoma History Center, where the “Realizing the Dream” exhibit awaits. There, you can see a reconstruction of Clara Luper's living room, an immersive tribute to a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights movement. The future holds exciting developments honoring Luper's legacy. In 2024, a new sit-in monument will solidify her place as a cornerstone of Oklahoma City's history, standing at the intersection of Robinson and Main. Meanwhile, the Clara Luper Civil Rights Center is breaking ground and will serve as a place dedicated to educating and inspiring future generations with Luper's story and the broader fight for equality. 

Spend your afternoon and early evening wandering through the predominantly African-American community, the East End District. Check out the vibrant three-panel mural titled "Home" by Yukon artist Carlos Barboza on the exterior of the Homeland store. The mural portrays images of African-American people. Treat yourself to lunch at Black-owned eateries, including Caribbean-American restaurant Carican Flavors and Eastside Pizza House. The district is known for annual community events, including Juneteenth on the East held in June and Homecoming Weekend.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

If you have time, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, featuring the Buffalo Soldiers gallery. If you still can’t get enough of our local artistry, head to the Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing Arts Center next. 

Conclude your unforgettable journey through Oklahoma City's Black history and culture with dinner and drinks at one of OKC’s Black-owned restaurants and bars.