Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

In 1948, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (1924–1995) changed educational opportunities for blacks in Oklahoma when she sought legal assistance from the NAACP after being denied admittance to the University of Oklahoma Law School. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, ruled that the state was required to provide African Americans with equal educational opportunities. She later practiced law in Oklahoma City, was public relations director at Langston University (her alma mater—1945), and a full-time faculty member at Langston. In 1991, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and the next year was appointed to the university's Board of Regents. Her autobiography, which she wrote with Danney Goble, is A Matter of Black and White: The Autobiography of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (1996).

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