This Day in Black History: Jan. 12, 1948

U.S. Supreme Court rules state of Oklahoma must admit Blacks into all-white law schools.

Posted: 01/12/2012 01:00 AM EST

In the case of Sipuel v. Oklahoma State Board of Regents, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Oklahoma grant admission to qualified Black students applying to previously all-white state law schools and that the state must provide equal educational opportunities regardless of race, overturning the Supreme Court of Oklahoma decision.


Also on this day, in 1952, the University of Tennessee begins admitting Black students.


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(Photo: Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society)