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Lucile H. Bluford

Lucile H. Bluford

Photo: Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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  • 1911 – 2003 

    Bluford served as editor of The Kansas City Call for nearly 50 years and played an important role in the major civil rights battles of the 20th century. 

    Her fight to enter the graduate program in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the 1930s and 1940s helped integrate higher education. Known as “Miss Bluford,” her editorials in The Call sharply criticized discrimination, mourned the loss of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and supported the election of African American politicians.