(1948) Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Et. Al.

January 7-8, 1948, Argued January 12, 1948, Decided JUDGES: Vinson, Black, Reed, Frankfurter, Douglas, Murphy, Jackson, Rutledge, Burton OPINION BY: PER CURIAM On January 14, 1946, the petitioner, a Negro, concededly qualified to receive the professional legal education offered by the State, applied for admission … Read More(1948) Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Et. Al.

James Andrew “Jimmy”Rushing (1902-1972)

James Andrew “Jimmy” Rushing—affectionately known as “Mister Five-By-Five” for being “five feet tall and five feet wide”—was a blues shouter born in Oklahoma City to a musical family on August 26, 1902 (give or take a year according to different sources). His father played trumpet … Read MoreJames Andrew “Jimmy”Rushing (1902-1972)

George W. McLaurin (1887-1968)

George W. McLaurin provided the Oklahoma civil rights case that damaged the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” legal position beyond repair.  He held a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and taught at the all-black Langston University until 1948.  NAACP attorney Thurgood … Read MoreGeorge W. McLaurin (1887-1968)