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Tulsa City-County Library will present a benchmark in Oklahoma history, as well as U.S. history, with “I’ll Do It: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and the Fight for Civil Rights” Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford. The play is free and open to all ages.
In this historical play, University of Oklahoma law students will re-enact the courageous fight of an African-American student to integrate the OU Law School. Written by Cheryl Wattley, associate professor of law, University of Oklahoma, the play highlights the role of racial and gender equality. Wattley wrote the play to help recognize and acknowledge the full story of the equal rights struggle.
“Ada Lois Sipuel’s tenacity and bravery have led to many privileges sometimes taken for granted by younger generations,” said Alicia Latimer, TCCL’s African-American Resource Center coordinator. “Hard won freedoms are best conceptualized visually, and Tulsa City-County Library is proud to host this historic play. This is a play everyone in the community should see.”
The program is sponsored by the African-American Resource Center, Tulsa Library Trust, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chapter of Black Law Students Association – University of Oklahoma College of Law, McAfee and Taft and Metropolitan Urban League. Other participants include Tulsa Lighthouse Academy, KIPP College Preparatory School and saxophonist Myron Oliver, on behalf of the Jazz Hall of Fame.
For more information on this and other library programs, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website, www.tulsalibrary.org.
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