Blacks in White Colleges: Oklahoma's Landmark Cases by George Lynn Cross

By George Lynn Cross


When George Lynn pass arrived to educate botany on the collage of Oklahoma in the summertime of 1934, racial segregation used to be so robust in Norman that no African American dared stay in the urban limits after sunset. virtually ten years later while go grew to become president of the collage, the complete volume of Oklahoma’s segregation legislation got here sharply into focus.

This booklet is President Cross’s tale of the occasions resulting in the desegregation of the collage of Oklahoma in 1948, with the admission of George W. McLaurin to the Graduate tuition of schooling. prior, a tender black girl, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, had utilized to the OU tuition of legislation and been denied admission as a result of her race. With assistance from legal professionals from the NAACP she took her case to the U.S. ultimate court docket. The excessive court docket equivocated, and a “separate yet equivalent” legislations university used to be swiftly confirmed in Oklahoma urban as a department of all-black Langston college. It was once now not till 3 years later—and then simply after the intervention of President go, who in my opinion overrode “the law’s delay”—that Ms. Fisher was once in a position to learn on the collage of Oklahoma, from which she later graduated with honors.

Cross locations those momentous occasions in old context. the tale of desegregation on the collage of Oklahoma, a landmark within the carrying on with fight for racial equality within the usa, makes for an engrossing book.

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