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.

Donna Stewart was the protege of Ms. Lucile Bluford, long-time editor of THE CALL, who hired her as a reporter. Ms. Stewart worked her way up to Managing Editor, Publisher and owner of the paper after Ms. Bluford’s death. She took care of Ms. Bluford the last few years of her life.

Donna Faye Stewart died on Saturday, April 11, after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 65.