Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
Civil Rights Activist
In 1946 the University of Oklahoma College of law denied admission to Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher because she was African American. The OU law school was an all-white institution in a town where African Americans could work and shop as long as they got out before sundown. Oklahomans were determined to support their segregationist constitution but equal to that determination was that of black Oklahomans who’d survived slavery to stake a claim in the territory.
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher became a test case organized by the NAACP to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and, as precedent, strike another blow against “separate but equal” education.
The story ends with Ada Lois becoming a regent of the very university that had once denied her admission.
Her son Bruce is the story teller as he heard about this case at his mother’s knee.
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (1924-1995) (age 71)
Interview with Bruce Fisher
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: July 2, 2015
Date Published: December 2, 2015
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Tulsa Race Riot, Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court, Separate but equal, David Boren, Langston University, University of Oklahoma Law School, Clara Looper, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, Chickasha, Oklahoma, Civil Rights, African American