Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Memorandum Opinion

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Memorandum opinion in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, regarding the defendant's motion to dismiss the case. Judge J. C. Collet sustains the motion to dismiss, writing that because Missouri "has made provision for equal educational facilities for negroes" and has authorities mandated to provide those facilities, Bluford "may not complain that defendant has deprived her of her constitutional rights until she has applied to the proper authorities for those rights and been unlawfully refused." Because Bluford had not made "proper application" to Lincoln University, she was ineligible for legal recourse. 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 6th 1940
Modern Location: 
Jefferson City, 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.
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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-42-0014
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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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