Ada Lois Sipuel : An African American Woman Essay

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Ada Lois Sipuel was an African-American woman who applied to the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1946, but was denied admission because of her race. Two years later, the Supreme Court ruled in Sipuel v Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma that the state of Oklahoma was obligated to provide facilities for African American students that were equal to those provided for the white students. In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the state of Oklahoma actually created a law school at the historically black college, Langston University, but subsequent litigation determined this program was inferior to the one at OU and Sipuel was admitted to the OU law school in 1949. When Sipuel began classes in law at OU, she was seated in a chair marked “colored,” and ate her lunch in a roped off sections from the rest of her classmates. Ada Sipuel graduated from OU with a Law degree in 1951 and after practicing law, she later became a professor at Langston University and a member of the Board of Regents at OU in 1991. Sipuel died in 1995, and the following year, was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. However, before Sipuel’s death, the Brown v Board of Education case was instituted. This case concerning segregation in public schools came to the decision that this was unconstitutional. Sipuel v University of Oklahoma case in 1948 was an important precursor to the Brown v Board of Education case years later.
A leading activist from a young age, Sipuel tested the…

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