Decision by Oklahoma County Judge Roger Stuart is expected this week, on the lawsuit to permit or refuse the razing of the Oklahoma City Union Bus Station.
Lawyer for demolition, Joe Bocock, has said the site has no historic value. Bocock is one of two white males, over 50 cited by local white reporters affiliated with commonly used news sources in Oklahoma City who have provided no substantial alternative information to refute such claims.
This suit was filed by Dr. Ed Shadid because a glitch in the Oklahoma City Municipal Code disallows the Oklahoma City Council to challenge decisions by the employees of Oklahoma City government leaving lawsuits as the remaining protocol. Elected officials will be arrested, fined and removed from post if they simply challenge or question employees. The Mayor of Oklahoma City appoints the City Manager.
Dr. Ed Shadid, the elected Councilor of Ward 2 in Oklahoma City has identified that the permit issued to raze the Union Bus Station, was done without the required exacting processes stated in the Oklahoma City Municipal Code. Shadid has also noted that much of Oklahoma City’s historic face has been obliterated.
Citizens have provided additional information on the significance of the Union Bus Station, particularly to Oklahoma City public access Civil Rights sit-in history. First noting the absence of most all such properties now on the skyline.
There are no media stories in or out of Oklahoma on the citation in Clara Luper’s Behold the Walls, which notes the Oklahoma City Union Bus Station to be only one of two public toilets for Blacks in Oklahoma City from about 1941 through the late 1950’s. Luper is a famous Oklahoma school teacher who led children in multiple Civil Rights sit-ins across Oklahoma City. Most if not all those Civil Rights sit-in sites are completely gone, and have no historic marker.
The State of Oklahoma has stopped providing historic markers because of funding cuts and there is no longer even a committee for same. Civil Rights issues are now solely handled by the State Attorney General. Tulsa has recently developed a Human Rights Committee, but Oklahoma City does not have such despite the spike in area news on issues in this same strain.
The primary area for which the Civil Rights sit-ins happened in Downtown Oklahoma City along Main Street (an East/West street which itself is diminished) is on the intuitive and heavily traveled footpath on Robinson Avenue, between the Oklahoma City NBA Basketball team The Thunder’s home court, Chesapeake Arena and the National Park for the Oklahoma City Bombing.
The Union Bus Station is across the street from the Devon Building and the Myriad Gardens in the heart of the business and arts districts of Downtown Oklahoma City, on Sheridan Avenue, an East/West street.
Judge Roger Stuart, himself a resident of Edmond, is expected to render a decision on the Oklahoma Union Bus Station on or before Friday, July 10.