From Charles H. Houston to S. W. Canada


Letter from attorney Charles H. Houston to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, saying that he is writing in response to his September 2 letter to Lucile Bluford. Houston cites the Lloyd Gaines decision and its assertion that Gaines must be admitted if Lincoln did not provide a law program by the next semester, and notes that Lincoln University has by that point had three weeks longer to establish a journalism program than it had to establish a law program in the Gaines case. Houston says that they "do not accept the proposition that a Negro must wait a reasonable time for a course presently available to a white student," but insists Bluford has waited more than a reasonable time regardless and it is therefore Canada's duty to "enrol her on the same terms as other qualified students." 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.

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C2582 - University of Missouri, President's Office, Papers, 1892-1966
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