By Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
A question of Black and White is the private tale of an Oklahoma lady whose struggle to realize an schooling shaped an important episode within the civil rights circulation. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, of oldsters just one new release faraway from slavery, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher grew to become the plaintiff in a landmark U.S. splendid court docket case that laid the root 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, neighbors, colleagues, neighborhood, and a love that lasted a life-time.
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Look," I said, "the law was wrong. " I could not find then a perfectly satisfactory answer. I have tried since to find a more complete one, and this book is partially the consequence of that effort. " Page xix Acknowledgments In telling this story, I have accumulated many new debts and added to existing ones. Chief in the latter category is the debt I continue to compound with my son, Bruce Travis Fisher. Since I first started thinking about recording my life, Bruce has been a steady source of both inspiration and help.
It is almost beyond belief that black students, when they were admitted to college classrooms, were forced to sit in a chair marked "colored," or learn in an alcove out of sight, or dine behind a chain. Those chairs and alcoves are destroyed, and those chains that held a great nation apart are now largely shattered. Much remains to be done, but the greatest part, the beginning, has been accomplished by a handful of courageous women and men who believed in the rule of law. This is the story of one such heroine.
Unfortunately, Page xii such racism was not an unfamiliar part of Oklahoma's history. A noted history, referring to Oklahoma's unique entrance to the Union as a "dry" state (allowing no liquor to be sold), is entitled Born Sober. Sadly, another book could justifiably be written about our founding entitled Born Racist. African Americans first came to Oklahoma in significant numbers as slaves of the Indians who were forced to relocate in Oklahoma in the 1830s. " As Oklahoma began its move for statehood, racism continued.