McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (1950) was one of the key cases that invalidated intra- and interinstitution racial segregation in colleges and universities that helped to pave the way for Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka (1954). In McLaurin and its companion case, Sweatt v. Painter (1950), the U.S. Supreme Court held that African American students must receive the same treatment as all other students in the realm of higher education.

Facts of the Case

The litigation in McLaurin began to take shape when an African American student with a master's degree applied for admission to the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of a doctorate in education but was denied entry solely due to his race. At the time, an Oklahoma law made it ...

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