Chester Arthur Franklin was a leading African American editor and publisher of the Kansas City Call, who used his newspaper platform to advocate for systemic change and equity, both for Kansas City’s black community and for African Americans nationwide. By the time of his death in 1955, Franklin had served as a prominent publisher over 30 years and was heavily impressed in Kansas City’s memory as an editor, activist, and leader.
Kansas City Call Building
Undated photograph of the exterior of The Call newspaper's office on 18th Street, including the surrounding streetscape.
Photograph of Chester A. Franklin standing by the door of the Kansas City Call Building. The vantage point faces west on the south side of 18th Street with Lucille's Tavern in the background.
Photograph of men standing outside of, and entering, the Kansas City Call Building. This vantage point faces south from 18th Street between Woodland Avenue and Highland Avenue.
Letter from Alma Henderson and Dorothy H. Davis, co-chairmen of The Call's Club Greeting Committee, to members of local clubs regarding the possibility of placing Christmas greetings and other messages in the paper during the holiday season.
Photograph of a man using the Kansas City Call's linotype machine.
Photograph of men standing outside of the Kansas City Call Building. This vantage point faces south from 18th Street between Woodland Avenue and Highland Avenue.
Photograph of men standing in front of the Kansas City Call Building on 18th Street.
Photograph of the exterior of the Kansas City Call building that appears to have been taken from inside an automobile.
Photograph of The Call newspaper staff outside of their office at 1715 E. 18th Street. Lucile Bluford is shown top row, fourth from left. Chester Franklin is shown seated, front center.