Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

"Racial Plea is Amended"

Description: 

Clipping from an unknown newspaper reporting that Lucile Bluford has filed an amended complaint to her suit against S.W. Canada, registrar of the University of Missouri, wherein she claimed $20,000 in damages and argued that the university's rejection of her application to their journalism program was a violation of her civil rights. The article notes that Judge John C. Collet previously ruled that Bluford had to demonstrate that she had been refused admission to Lincoln University, which did not operate such a program, before he could rule on Canada's attorneys' motion to dismiss the case. 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 a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Date: 
April 13th 1940
Modern Location: 
MO
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Rights Statement: 
Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the National Archives at Kansas City. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the National Archives at Kansas City.
Call or Box Number, Collection Title: 
Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1991, Lucile Bluford v. S. W. Canada
Digital Object Identifier: 
NARA-42-0036
Transcription: 
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.