Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Motion to Dismiss

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Motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team moves to dismiss the amended second count of the plaintiff's complaint "because the amended second count fails to state a claim against defendant upon which relief can be granted." The attorneys argue that the equal protection clause provides for "substantial equality" and not identical facilities, that state law requires racially separate facilities and provides for the establishment of new and equal programs for black citizens, and that Bluford has failed to take advantage of the provision which would establish a journalism program at Lincoln University to which she could be admitted. 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.

Date: 
April 19th 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-42-0066
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.