Section 6: Timeline of Significant Cases from the “Separate But Equal” Policy



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n a case similar to the Gaines decision, the Missouri State Supreme Court allowed the University of Journalism to deny admission to Lucile Bluford if another school is available for black students. This reinforced the NAACP’s legal strategy to continue to attack Jim Crow laws on a financial basis by forcing states to create and construct facilities to accommodate segregation policies.

Significance: the Bluford decision was responsible for creating the Lincoln University School of Journalism in 1942; the first journalism program at an Historically Black College University (HBCU). It would remain the only program of its kind at an HBCU for the next 25 years.