This book on publisher and editor Lucile H. Bluford examines her journalistic writings on social, economic, and political issues; her strong opinionated views on African Americans and women; and whether there were consistent themes, biases, and assumptions in her stories that may have influenced news coverage in the weekly Black newspaper, the Kansas City Call. It focuses on a selection of Bluford’s news stories and editorials from 1968 to 1983 as examples of how she articulated a Black feminist standpoint advocating a Black liberation agenda—equal access to decent jobs, affordable health care and housing, and a better education in Kansas City, Missouri. Bluford’s writings represented what the mainstream news ignored, exposing injustices and inequalities in the African American community and among feminists.
Carolyn M. Byerly, Howard University
Sheila Brooks is a former television journalist who is president and CEO of SRB Communications, an award-winning, full-service advertising and marketing agency in Washington, D.C. specializing in multicultural markets. She is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.
Clint C. Wilson II is professor emeritus of journalism, communication, culture and media studies at Howard University and recipient of the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
Brian S. Brooks, University of Missouri