A Matter of Black and White: The Autobiography of Ada Lois by Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

By Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

A question of Black and White is the non-public tale of an Oklahoma girl whose struggle to realize an schooling shaped an important episode within the civil rights circulation. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, of folks just one new release faraway from slavery, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher turned the plaintiff in a landmark U.S. splendid courtroom case that laid the root for the eventual desegregation of faculties (and a lot else) in America.A topic of Black and White resounds with nearly common human themes-childhood, university, buddies, colleagues, group, and a love that lasted an entire life.

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Except in the last regard, neither Grady County nor the community of Chickasha turned out to be very different from the Old South after all. The countryside sprouted green cotton plants every spring, their stalks kept clear of weeds by hoes wielded by black hands. In the fall, black hands stripped the fluffy fields of their white cotton bolls. Cotton was one of several staple crops. It had to share its regal throne with the watermelons grown in Rush Springs and the broom corn produced at nearby Lindsay, communities that claimed the respective titles of "Watermelon Capital" Page 14 and "Broom Corn Capital" of the world.

One day, though, after repeated warnings from Mother, my misconduct exhausted her patience, and she decided to spank me. An apology or promise to behave probably would have ended the matter right there, but I was stubborn and would rather take a spanking than give an apology. Instead, I ran to Daddy for comfort and (I hoped) protection. " he asked. "Four," Mother answered. " He did, while I squatted in front of him, peeping at the entire procedure. Mother was a generous, loving, protective parent.

Even if no one else dares speak up, I must answer that question. And sometimes I answer it aloud. Speaking of questions: In the spring of 1988 I attended a legal forum at the University of Oklahoma at which Coleman Young, the former mayor of Detroit, was the principal speaker. As we ate lunch, we talked of many things. During a break in the conversation, I noticed him looking intently at me. Then he asked why I had agreed to become the guinea pig in one of the earliest civil rights struggles in this country.

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