From Lucile Bluford to Dr. Sherman D. Scruggs


Letter from Lucile Bluford to Lincoln University president Dr. Sherman D. Scruggs that she asks to be considered as a standing application to the university as a graduate student in journalism. She writes "I refuse to permit my career to be thwarted by the erroneous verdict of a jury egged on by the most vicious appeal to race prejudice I have ever heard," and asks to be notified when Lincoln offers "work on the standard of the University of Missouri." 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.

April 28th 1942
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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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