Monday, May 30, 2022

Lewis Lineage

 Firsts visits of Memorial Weekend 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Faith ~ Family ~ Finances

 2022.   In aloof year.   Lamentations says —-YET will I trust God

Chickasha homeplace … May I possess the title deed?

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Auntie Sipuel Fisher vs OU Regents

Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma et al
, 1948


Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma et al, 1948


In Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma et al, the Supreme Court ruled that denying an African American student entry into Oklahoma's only public law school solely because of her race violated her Fourteenth Amendment rights.


United States Supreme Court


Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma et al, 332 U.S. 631 (1948),,34&case=8925146306023332418&scilh=0








332 U.S. 631 (1948)


No. 369.

Supreme Court of United States.

Argued January 7-8, 1948.

Decided January 12, 1948.


 632*632 Thurgood Marshall and Amos T. Hall argued the cause for petitioner. With them on the brief was Frank D. Reeves.

Fred Hansen, First Assistant Attorney General of Oklahoma, and Maurice H. Merrill argued the cause for respondents. With them on the brief was Mac Q. Williamson, Attorney General.

Briefs of amici curiae urging reversal were filed by Robert W. KennyO. John Rogge, and Andrew D. Weinberger for the National Lawyers Guild; and Arthur Garfield Haysand Osmond K. Fraenkel for the American Civil Liberties Union.


On January 14, 1946, the petitioner, a Negro, concededly qualified to receive the professional legal education offered by the State, applied for admission to the School of Law of the University of Oklahoma, the only institution for legal education supported and maintained by the taxpayers of the State of Oklahoma. Petitioner's application for admission was denied, solely because of her color.

Petitioner then made application for a writ of mandamus in the District Court of Cleveland County, Oklahoma. The writ of mandamus was refused, and the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma affirmed the judgment of the District Court. 199 Okla. 36, 180 P.2d 135. We brought the case here for review.

The petitioner is entitled to secure legal education afforded by a state institution. To this time, it has been denied her although during the same period many 633*633 white applicants have been afforded legal education by the State. The State must provide it for her in conformity with the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and provide it as soon as it does for applicants of any other group. Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, 305 U.S. 337 (1938).

The judgment of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma is reversed and the cause is remanded to that court for proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. The mandate shall issue forthwith.


Writing the Sipuel Story


 I get pressed and I get inspired!!!!   I must-I will write by 2022 story of my grand-parents

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Life Well Lived

Mama.    I am your first born daughter 
My thoughts are about……
Her love. Her service to her family
Her life .... and in full view of her dying days May 2019 —-

Losing my mother is like a culmination of daddy’s home going— Tana ‘ s sudden and almost unreal leaving this earth to judgement December 2018.... I cry and hurt and grieve ...  

Saturday, June 1, 2019

My Sunshine . . . .

. . . . . . .She still shines.... deep within and throughout my entire being.

B.   July 25, 1926 ---  D. May 13, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Losses amidst New Beginnings

The local newspaper had a series of meaningful quotes for this year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

He Left His Mark Behind

It could be called a legacy..... but often its just a set of letters HUGGINS drawn into a concrete slab he poured in the back yard....  or a piece of plywood he hammered into the attic construction

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sleeping with my Elders.... Past Year

Time passes.... time is precious!

There is a TATE relative to research --- also My brothers wife's family

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Anderson's as Owners of Enslaved Lucinda and Her Parents

I touched off sort of a firestorm....  just as my DNA cousin....(I met a 2nd girl)...  he travelled to OKC with his wife for a funeral!!

Then I watched Book TV where in Annette Gordon-Reed talked of her latest book on Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson -- US President and their enslaved offspring @ Monticello, VA!

Suddenly -- my vision was expanded..... my vision has moved back two generations.  I'm now asking WHO --- AND WHERE ARE THE RECORDS OF JAMES A ANDERSON'S mom and dad... as well as their parents as plantation owners?? 

Really now... I might find that Lucinda had brothers and sisters.... and who and where was her mother serving as a concubine or nurse-maid/cook to the Senior Anderson owners!!!! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Know My Design... Now -- today

Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who risked her life to keep the Frank family hidden, is still alive in the Netherlands, they embark on a fund raiser to bring her to their class as a guest speaker. It is the emotional highlight of the film. Visibly moved by the courageous stories of this now elderly woman (played by actress Pat Carroll), the students instantly see her as a hero.
"I was not a hero," she says. "I was an ordinary person. All I did was do the right thing. But you are heroes everyday. You are turning on a light in a dark room

."Miep Gies: But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room

In my own small way...  I will turn on a small light in a dark room – today

April 2017  

What right and wrong with LONGEVITY?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cousin birthdays for March.....

I picked up the phone.... and called my cousin TODAY.    A simple, often overlooked thing to do.  My husband, and seven year old Nick... and my cousin Bruce Fisher (age 65) share March 24th birthdays...

So belatedly.... the reason is because I'm looking forward to my older brother Orville... who has a March 29th upcoming birthday!  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Family Biography: Quote of the day

A favorite quote for today:
"You must do the things you think you cannot do"  Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ancestral -- Hand written letters

Howard III said he wanted to share with me several handwritten letters from Big Mama!  Wow... she wrote him letters when he was a freshman-senior out at Langston University!! 1967-1971.  She'd put a dollar in the letter... never more than two dollars.  Big money at the time!

Howard doubted that Andrea or Val could appreciate significance of it... He would share such treasures with me.!!! YIPPPPPPPPEEEEEE

Never to be Found Great-Grandfather Jim Travis and Neeley - MS

My oldest brother told me about five stories....  I'm going to recount them briefly in order to fill in details a little later

Brother Cavers and possible kiss stolen question to 13 yr old boy.....sing a song come this far by faith...cry and preach at small church next door to big mama's house......   

about 12 years old, they were traveling to a small town and he looked out window and saw a sign COLORED only  mama would not explain to him... just looked away. 

3rd story about daddy often telling an extraordinary story of when he and some friends were driving a distance.... tired of fried chicken/salad in a bag. they wanted a lunch mean....pulled into a town and Dad walked into restuarnt and asked the owner.... for a colored menu.   Guy said SIR  we do not have separate menu... all of our customers are welcome to come in and sit and order..... Dad quite impressed at reverse tale of NON RACISM.  

4th story.... after I tole him we were going to Sweet Home in Chandler OK.... so he told me what Uncle DD said about the old cemetery for his (mydaddy's) grandfather and grandmother Jim and Nellie Travis... who lived as sharecroppers on the Watson plantation.  The old man/owner had allowed the many families who sharecropped to have a plot of land to bury their kin.   Likewise this was where Jim and Nellie were buried.   Time passed as our grandmother Mama Dooley and siblings moved to Lexington OK... that is where DD and daddy were raised.  DD told story that as the Old man died -- his son took over the land/farming and systematically plowed over the cemetery.. planted cotton.  My uncle DD cussed every time he told the story -- so inhumane -- we were just like dogs or no-life personhoods who were buried on HIS LAND.... so irrespective he plowed and grew cotton on the land.   There is not record of names..... so I have found out.... But can confirm the loss of place // identity destroyed -- no burial place.   Gosh a resting place is needed. 

But I think of Jim Travis as a godly man... trusting his soul to God's good keeping hand.   Knowing the evil lurking in the human heart of slaveholders in the deep southern state of Mississippi.....

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Honoring Our Loved Ones

"You honor the life that has been given you by remembering and telling your stories." 

from Robin Moore's "Awakening the Hidden Storyteller" 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Saying out loud.... I love you!!

Phone rang.... It was my California brother.....  great chat.... before I hung up I said........ 
 I love you - James!

Brothers and Sisters

are absolutely the best kin-folk EVER!!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

ERA ~ ending and beginning

I count a greater portion of my life according to the Presidential election of 2008!  I was on a cruise ship (voted early) and Sir/POTUS was Barak Obama!  

Per Sepai.... I pant to start again....VETERANS DAY 2016

Its been 8 great years.... and we are on the brink of electing America's First Madame/POTUS!  Countdown time!  

 Near Georgetown..... or was it our night in Chinatown.... via Washington DC tour for the Langston Ladies!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Seeing My Image in an Oklahoma Headstone

Our annual visit . . .Chickasha's Rose Hill Cemetery

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Perfect Attendance is a family affair....

I went thru a couple of boxes again..... a unique retirement activity.... and say my 6th grade Lincoln School attendance

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Taken from my cousin's facebook post:




SHARON DAVIS   4-7-2016

Sepia Says..... Water Under the Bridge

Hello Friends, and Well-Wishers.....  

The phrase caught my attention this the shipmen sailed under/alongside a bridge.....

Life is much like.... Water Under the Bridge!

I know a few things about the Nature of Water.....

All the waters run to the sea and yet the sea is not full, and from the place where they began, thither they return again....   Ecclesiastes

Water is the only substance on earth that is naturally present in three different forms...........  as a liquid, as a solid, and as a gas (water vapor) !

Water is the only drink for a wise man....Henry David Thoreau 

Mixed emotions of all is well for the week ending 4-9-2016.   Celebrating the 32nd Birth Year of my baby daughter........  But on 4-7-2016 -- the passing of my 84 Year Old Cousin in Chicago Illinois.

Just awed that his voice is silenced.... hence.... WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
I noted its meaning .... 
Something that has happened in the past, 
something that cannot be undone, and 
something or someone.... who can no longer be a consideration.     
Under the bridge.... is British in its origin and 
is the oldest part of the interesting proverb

This image really portrays the silence, tranquility, 
but 'aloneness' that I kinda feel today.
Not much sadness -- just solemn

My neighborhood has a wonderful lake that I walk a couple of miles fairly often


...hmmmm   when is the last time I've been on a BOAT.... via a cruise maybe...???   Well last year or so.... there was the awesome, gorgeous waters of my Central Florida mini-vacation..... AHHHHH

ahhhhhh  indoor

the beaches.... outdoor

and poolside.      Water --- indeed --- under the bridge and everywhere!

Let's Hang Tough.... Always Moving Forward