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By Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

A question of Black and White is the private tale of an Oklahoma girl whose struggle to realize an schooling shaped a vital episode within the civil rights circulate. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, of oldsters just one iteration faraway from slavery, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher grew to become the plaintiff in a landmark U.S. excellent courtroom case that laid the basis for the eventual desegregation of colleges (and a lot else) in America.A subject of Black and White resounds with virtually common human themes-childhood, college, acquaintances, colleagues, neighborhood, and a love that lasted a life-time.

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He also taught himself bookkeeping, becoming something of a master of the intricate ins and outs of financing struggling Pentecostal congregations. In time, my mother bore him a son, Samuel, but the child died in infancy. Daddy and Mother moved from Dermott to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1918. Dad had earlier attended a religious meeting there and liked the city. He was impressed by the well-kept residential area and the bustling black business community. He rented a house and furnished it comfortably.

Young Americans will have difficulty understanding a time when whites and blacks were forced to use separate restrooms, where blacks were always forced to "move to the back of the bus," where restaurants wouldn't serve them food, and where hotels wouldn't provide lodging. It's difficult to imagine that almost-cosmopolitan Norman, home of the nowthriving University of Oklahoma, was once a "sundown" town where blacks could not stay when the sun set. It's hard to imagine that this fine community once forced Thurgood Marshall, who later became the Solicitor General of the United States, a circuit judge, and a Supreme Court justice, to lunch on peanuts from a vending machine because no city restaurant would serve him.

None of the adults thought it at all inappropriate to laugh at the foolishness, shenanigans, mispronunciations, and just plain ignorance of the characters, who were, of course, portrayed by white comedians. Then, neither did any of us think it odd that we automatically rooted for Tarzan to slay the savage natives while we watched movies from the balcony of the segregated theater downtown. Our family's comfortable lifestyle did not allow us to put on airs, though. Like other families in the community, we tended a vegetable garden, raised chickens, and kept a family cow for milk.

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