Lucile Bluford was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1911. She experienced America's racist segregation policies first-hand when she was rejected by the Missouri School of Journalism because of the color of her skin in 1939. She filed several law suits against the university but lost all of them.
Despite the segregationist hurdles put in front of her she became a famous journalist. In 1989 the very same university which had rejected her 50 years earlier distinguished Lucile Bluford with an honorary doctorate degree.