George W. McLaurin was an Afro-American citizen living in Oklahoma. He applied to an all-white university at Norman. He was rejected because of his race. He took his case to a state court and won the right to go to the university. While attending, he was segregated from the white students in the classroom and at lunch. He took his case, once again to court. This time, he made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 5, 1950, decided in joint with Sweatt v. Painter, the case of McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education was decided nine to zero in favor of McLaurin. The Chief Justice at the time was Fred M. Vinson.