Bluford, Lucile H.

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The Call Newspaper

The first edition of the Kansas City Call or The Call, was published on May 6, 1919. It was one of 22 newspapers published by Kansas City's African American community near the beginning of the 20th century, but the only one that survived past 1943. Starting as an inauspicious four-page paper, the paper soon grew to one of the most successful black newspapers in the nation.

The Call Staff

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.

Memorandum of Interview with Lucile Bluford

Memorandum recounting a meeting with Lucile Bluford as recounted by S. W. Canada, registrar at the University of Missouri. Canada writes that Bluford visited his office the afternoon of February 5, 1941, with another woman, to follow up on her telegram reporting that Lincoln University offered no journalism coursework and thus is not a substite for University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She requests admission to the MU program, and Canada reiterates that he has no authority to offer her admission.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, noting that the university's graduate journalism program is to be reinstated, and addressing questions about Lucile Bluford potentially renewing her application and filing another lawsuit. Hogsett suggests they return to their prior successful argument that her applications are not being made in good faith and are instead "a mere pretense." He believes it likely that the NAACP would select another plaintiff for future efforts.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, suggesting Canada need not reply to letters from Lucile Bluford, suggesting she "has now been placed in the nuisance class" after losing her two lawsuits against Canada. 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.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada reporting that he will be meeting that day with Rubey M. Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale about the new suit filed by Lucile Bluford in federal court. 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.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada. Hogsett writes that Canada need not acknowledge receipt of the copy of Lucile Bluford's letter to Lincoln University President Sherman D. Scruggs, and asks if Canada has any information about what journalism courses Lincoln will offer, noting Bluford's likelihood to continue legal action if that school does not establish that program.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada suggesting a reply to Charles Houston's letter of September 11. Hogsett provides a draft reply recommending Canada writes that he deems it to be his duty to follow the court opinions, despite Houston's disagreement, and reiterate that he has no authority to admit Lucile Bluford to the university. Hogsett then recommends Canada confer with attorneys Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale, as well as university president Frederick A. Middlebush, for their approval before sending a reply.

From William S. Hogsett to S. W. Canada

Letter from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri registrar S. W. Canada, forwarding a copy of the Missouri Supreme Court opinion in the Bluford vs. Canada case.

From William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen

Letter from William S. Hogsett to Rubey M. Hulen, agreeing that the $65,000 state appropriation for Lincoln University be earmarked for a School of Journalism, though expressing disappointment that more funding would not be available for other departments. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

From William S. Hogsett to Dr. F. A. Middlebush, John H. Lathrop, and Lee-Carl Overstreet

Letter from William Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, John H. Lathrop, and Lee-Carl overstreet, enclosing a copy of Judge John C. Collet's opinion of April 6 in Lucile Bluford's suit against the university. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.

From William S. Hogsett to Dr. F. A. Middlebush

Telegram from William S. Hogsett to University of Missouri President Frederick A. Middlebush, suggesting a reply to Lucile Bluford's September 19 telegram to Middlebush, and copying Rubey Hulen and Kenneth Teasdale for their suggestions as well. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and seeking admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism.