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Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Letter from Carl R. Johnson to U.S. District Court Clerk

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson to the U.S. District Court clerk regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Johnson writes to enclose the Notice of Appeal in the case, which they intend to appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also writes that Mr. T. B. Watkins, owner and operator of the Watkins Brothers funeral home, will be appeaing as surety in the case.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 128: Letter from Carl R. Johnson to John C. Collet

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson to Judge John C. Collett in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Johnson writes that he is enclosing an amended petition in the case, and notes that the petition has already been forwarded to the defense counsel. 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.

Black Elks parade crowd

Circa 1938 photograph of the Black Elks parade crowd on south side of 18th Street, between The Paseo and Vine Street, Kansas City, MO. Source: Black Economic Union.

Black Elks band marching west on 18th Street

Circa 1938 photograph of the Black Elks band marching west at 18th Street and The Paseo. Street’s Hotel and Crown Drug Co. are pictured in background. Source: Black Economic Union.

Bennie Moten's Orchestra

Bennie Moten's Orchestra, with instruments on bandstand, likely to be Paseo Hall, 15th Street and Paseo Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, c. 1925. Pictured from left: Willie McWashington, drums; LaForest Dent, banjo; Vernon Page, brass bass; Thamon Hayes, trombone; Lammar Wright, cornet; Bennie Moten, piano; Harlan Leonard, alto saxophone; Woody Walder, tenor saxophone. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Beau Brummel Club 15th Anniversary

Photograph of the Beau Brummel Club's 15th anniversary celebration at the Elk's Place Restaurant.

Battle of the Bands, 1930, Outside of Musicians Association Building

Panoramic photograph of the bands of the Musicians Protective Union Local 627, assembled for the annual Battle of the Bands at Paseo Hall, followed by a parade to the Musicians Association Building at 1823 Highland Avenue, where this picture was taken. The eight contestant bands pictured are Bennie Moten and George Lee's orchestras, Elmer Payne's Music Masters, Paul Banks's Rhythm Aces, Andy Kirk's 12 Clouds of Joy, Jap Allen's Troubadours, Julius Banks's Red Devils, and Bill Little and His Little Bills.

Bathing Pool and Bath House, 15th and Benton Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Postcard showing the bathing pool and bathhouse at The Grove, located at Benton Boulevard and 15th Street (now Truman Road) in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest towards the bath house and wading pool from just north of the intersection of Benton Plaza (pictured left) and Bellefontaine Avenue. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. J. H. Cook of Oakland, California.

Association of Daughters of Elks (St. Louis) marching in Black Elks parade

Circa 1938 photograph of the Association of Daughters of Elks (St. Louis) marching in Black Elks parade at 18th Street and The Paseo, Kansas City, MO. Source: Black Economic Union.

Artie Banks at Crown Drugstore

Photograph of Artie Banks standing outside the entrance to Crown Drugstore at the northeast corner of 18th Street and The Paseo. This vantage point faces east with the Street Hotel sign in the background.

Anti-Klu Klux Klan Broadside: "A Challenge to Negro Citizens"

One-sided anti-Klu Klux Klan broadside written by O. J. Gilmore of Kansas City, Missouri. Gilmore provides an excerpt of a statement by Kansas Governor Henry Justin Allen and an account from the Saturday Evening Post that detail the racism and violence exhibited by the KKK. Gilmore then includes an excerpt of Congressman E. C. Ellis, Republican candidate for Congress, in which Ellis aligns himself with the views of the KKK.

Abandoned Building at 1900 Vine Street

Photograph of an abandoned building at the southwest corner of 19th Street and Vine Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The building used to house a Sam's Market and a shoe shining parlor. The Pabst Milwaukee seal is shown above the main entrance to the building and a portion of a sign for Country Club Beer is shown at the far right of the picture. This sign was on the Roberts Building at the northwest corner of 19th and Vine.