DONNA F. STEWART President and Publisher In Memoriam

Eric L. Wesson Sr. – Managing Editor

Barbara Way – Ad Representative

Teresa Carnes – Ad Rep. and Desktop Publishing

Novella Childress

Rexx Purefoy – Photographer


THE CALL believes that America can best lead the world away from racial and national antagonism when it accords to every man, regardless of race, color or creed, his human and legal rights. Hating no man, fearing no man, THE CALL strives to help every man in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

THE CALL’S History

THE CALL was founded by Chester Arthur Franklin, a native Texan who moved to Kansas City from Colorado where he was a printer by trade and also owner of The Statesman newspaper.

He moved to Kansas City to service a larger African American population. He named his newspaper THE CALL — concise and powerful.

Franklin has his place in Kansas City history and so does his successor, the late Lucile H. Bluford, our beloved editor and publisher, who was another historical figure not only in Kansas City but nationally as a Civil Rights icon.

Lucile Harris Bluford was a famous journalist and opponent of segregation in America’s education system, and after whom the Lucile H. Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library is named. See the links below for more information.

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Lucile H. Bluford
Publisher In Memoriam