Voices of Oklahoma: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
Bruce Fisher reflects on the adversity his mother faced while getting her law degree.
“… They brought all the white students down to the front of the class. And then at the very back of the class they put one chair with a sign over it saying, ‘Colored.’ When she (Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher) came into the classroom and looked around and she scanned the way the set-up was, and she saw that chair with ‘Colored’ in it, she realized that that was her spot. And so she had to march up the steps and sit in the colored chair. And that’s where she began her law school studies. … There would be times when she would walk in and the ‘Colored’ sign that was above her chair would be removed. What happened is, some of the students would come in and take the sign down and throw it away. And they’d have to put the sign back up again …”
— Bruce Fisher, son of the late Sipuel Fisher, who was the first African American to attend University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1949. She eventually became a regent of the university that once denied her admission.
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project founded by John Erling in 2009. Visit voicesofoklahoma.com.