McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents, 1950
McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents was a court case which was argued on the 3-4 April 1950 (decided 5 June 1950). The decision declared that the University of Oklahoma could not deprive the appellant, George W. McLaurin, of his Fourteenth Amendment rights. The university had been required by law to admit McLaurin in 1948, nonetheless, special accommodations were made in order to reinforce the notion of racial segregation within the university. A designated table in the cafeteria and designated desks in the library are examples of such accommodations. With this landmark decision, the Supreme Court acknowledged that discrimination based on race had no place in higher education.
Backstory and Context
- Keith, Emma. SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL. OUDAILY. Accessed March 31, 2019. http://projects.oudaily.com/mclaurin/.
- Roche, John P. The Future of "Separate but Equal”. Phylon 12, No. 3 (3rd Qtr., 1951): 219-226.
- Sooner Magazine, Negro Admitted To O.U., Sooner Magazine, October 1948, 9.
- Tushnet, Mark V. Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
- Wattley, Cheryl Elizabeth Brown. A Step toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.