Sipuel v. Oklahoma Board Of Regents
- (332 U.S. 631 1948)Ada Sipuel became the first African American woman admitted to the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1949. She first applied in 1946 but was denied entry on grounds of her race. When ordered to provide facilities for her, the university established a separate building with separate staff. In Sipuel v. Oklahoma Board of Regents, Sipuel sued the university, and on 12 January 1948 the Supreme Court ruled that as the separate provision provided was inadequate, she must be admitted under the equal rights provision of the Fourteenth Amendment. Sipuel was, however, forced to sit separately in classes, the library, and the cafeteria. Such action was subsequently prohibited by the Supreme Court in McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents in 1950.See also Sweatt v. Painter.
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