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

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.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Defendant's Requested Instructions

Defendant's requested instructions to the jury in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Instructions include statements that Missouri law mandates "separate but equal" educational facilities, that Lincoln University is mandated to provide a journalism program "upon timely request of any qualified negro resident," that "there is no evidence that plaintiff applied to Lincoln University for graduate work," and other arguments in the case.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Defendant's Answer

Answer in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense attorneys response to the amended second count of the plaintiff's complaint, in which they argue that the plaintiff "fails to state a claim against defendant upon which relief can be granted," that Canada denies he was an "officer" of the University of Missouri, and also denies that he accepted Bluford to the university. They also assert that Canada had no right or ability to register Bluford as an MU student under Missouri law, among other points of argument.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Brief in Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss

Brief in support of defendant's motion to dismiss in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defendant's attorneys argue for the dismal of Bluford's suit against Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, stating that she has no standing for the damages she seeks. They state that Missouri requires "separation of the white and negro races for purposes of higher education," and that Lincoln University has "the mandatory duty to provide for negro residents ...

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Amendment to Complaint

Amendment to complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The plaintiff's attorneys amend Bluford's original complaint by adding text to provide that Bluford knew that Lincoln University did not offer graduate or undergraduate work in journalism. 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.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Amendment to Amended Second Complaint

Amendment to amended second complaint in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Amended Second Count in Complaint for Deprivation of Plaintiff's Civil Rights under Color of State Laws

Amended second count in complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, adding information to Bluford's initial complaint. The document summarizes her case against Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, and asserts her rights under the equal protection cause of the Constitution were violated by his rejection of her application for admission.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 42: Amended Motion for New Trial

Amended motion for new trial in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, wherein Bluford's attorney Charles Houston moves to set aside the verdict and grant her a new trial. He argues that the original verdict was invalid due to an illegally assembled all-white jury, that a witness was allowed to testify that Lincoln University could have created a journalism department by Fall 1939 without any demonstrated knowledge of the logistics of doing so, and by excluding evidence that Bluford did contact Lincoln University regarding graduate work, among other factors.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 128: Verdict

Verdict in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Jury foreman Charles E. Abbott announces the jury finds against the plaintiff and for the defendant. 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.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 128: Thelma Berlack Boozer Civil Subpena

Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Thelma Berlack Boozer of Lincoln University. She is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff. 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.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 128: Rashey B. Moten Civil Subpena

Civil subpoena issued in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada to Rashey B. Moten of Lincoln University. He is commanded to appear in District Court on April 23, 1942, as a witness for the plaintiff. 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.

Bluford vs. Canada, Civil Action No. 128: Question to Jury

Question to jury in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The document asks if evidence shows that Bluford made a demand on Lincoln University for graduate work in journalism "in reasonable time" for Lincoln to be able to establish a program for the September, 1941 semester. 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.