From Lucile Bluford to S. W. Canada


Letter from Lucile Bluford to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, insisting upon admission to the University of Missouri as Lincoln University will not offer a journalism program for the coming fall semester. She cites the Lloyd Gaines case as precedent which gives her a right to admission to MU when no other equivalent program is available at Lincoln, and writes that while she disagrees with the Missouri Supreme Court decision that a black applicant must wait a "reasonable time" for a program to be established, she asks "Have I not waited a 'reasonable' time?" by by waiting two and a half years since her first application to MU, and threatens further legal action if she is not admitted. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a case that eventually was heard before the Missouri Supreme Court.

August 21st 1941
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2444 Montgall Avenue
Kansas City, MO
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C2582 - University of Missouri, President's Office, Papers, 1892-1966
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