By Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
An issue of Black and White is the non-public tale of an Oklahoma lady whose struggle to realize an schooling shaped a vital episode within the civil rights move. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, of folks just one iteration faraway from slavery, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher turned the plaintiff in a landmark U.S. ideal court docket case that laid the basis for the eventual desegregation of colleges (and a lot else) in America.A topic of Black and White resounds with virtually common human themes-childhood, college, buddies, colleagues, neighborhood, and a love that lasted an entire life.
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No one offered to take the punishment for us. <><><><><><><><><><><><> The economic structure of our community was typical of African American communities of the period. For all the talk of a New South, employment opportunities for blacks were limited. At the top of the socio-economic structure were teachers, ministers, and a few professionals. Three men in town claimed to be doctors, but only one, W. A. J. Bullock, was able to write prescriptions for regulated drugs. The others used patent medicines and foul-smelling home remedies.
Many black families who lived there a century later could trace their ancestry to those people and their freed descendants. In that regard, many African Americans had lived there much longer than the whites, most of whom came to the area only after about 1899. After the abolition of slavery, black emigrants came of their own free will, and they carried the hopes of free people with them. Their migration was proof that they did not accept the tenets of the Old South. By 1930 these numbered 1,625 in Chickasha, five of whom were the Sipuels.
Speaking of questions: In the spring of 1988 I attended a legal forum at the University of Oklahoma at which Coleman Young, the former mayor of Detroit, was the principal speaker. As we ate lunch, we talked of many things. During a break in the conversation, I noticed him looking intently at me. Then he asked why I had agreed to become the guinea pig in one of the earliest civil rights struggles in this country. He guessed I must have known that the state would resist with all its resources. Yes, I knew that.
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