Justice Postponed Is Justice Denied: Lucile Bluford and the Campaign for Educational Equality
Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.
This new exhibit chronicles the three-year court case that helped usher in the landmark civil rights decades of the 1950s and ’60s and examines Bluford’s life from ninth-grade reporter at Lincoln High School to her successful and influential career as a journalist with Kansas City’s premier African American newspaper, The Call.