Push to name new Missouri dorm after Bluford stalls

1 year 10 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, April 23 2017 Apr 23, 2017 Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:17:40 PM CDT April 23, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — A dormitory association at the University of Missouri is pushing that a new residence hall on campus be named after a prominent late black journalist once denied admission there.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the campus Residence Halls Association has included Lucile Bluford's name among a list of potential ones for the 279-student dorm.

The university's governing board hasn't decided the matter and doesn't need to if it feels it's unnecessary.

Bluford was denied admission to the university's journalism school 11 times because of her race.

In 1989, five decades after Bluford's first application, the university granted her an honorary doctorate degree in humanities.

She spent decades as a reporter, editor and publisher at the Kansas City Call newspaper before her death in 2003.

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