Race Relations and Civil Rights

LUCILE H. BLUFORD CASE FILES

These items document the lawsuits that Lucile H. Bluford pursued against S.W. Canada, the registrar of the University of Missouri, for repeatedly denying her admission to the university.
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Bond on appeal in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Bluford acknowledges her obligation to pay court costs in her appeal if the case is dismissed or the judgment affirmed, and Mr. T. B. Watkins signs as surety for her. 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: 
November 29th 1940

Affidavit in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Mr. T. B. Watkins, who is acting as bond surety in the case, attests to his ownership of a business and real estate in Kansas City worth $6,000, in excess of the amount Bluford is obligated to guarantee in her appeal. 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: 
November 29th 1940
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