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William Alexander Scott II

William Alexander Scott II was an American civil rights activist, journalist, and newspaper publisher. He was born on August 24, 1915, in Kansas City, Missouri, and passed away on February 28, 1983, in Kansas City. Scott is best known for his efforts in advancing civil rights and promoting equality for African Americans through his work as a journalist and publisher.

In 1938, Scott founded the newspaper The Call, which became one of the most influential African American newspapers in Kansas City. The Call served as a platform for Scott to address racial inequality and advocate for social justice. Through his editorials and reporting, he shed light on issues faced by African Americans, challenged segregation, and promoted civil rights.

C.A. Scott, 1940s

Scott was actively involved in the civil rights movement and played a significant role in advocating for change in Kansas City. He fought against discriminatory practices, called for the desegregation of public facilities, and supported the efforts of national civil rights leaders.

One of Scott’s notable accomplishments was his successful legal battle to integrate the University of Missouri Law School. In 1936, he applied to the university’s law school but was denied admission due to his race. He filed a lawsuit, and in 1939, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in his favor, ordering the university to admit him. However, Scott chose not to enroll and instead pursued a career in journalism.

William Gordon, managing editor of the African American newspaper Atlantic Daily World, and pressman Kimber Boddie check a copy of the Memphis World which carries the story of the Supreme Court’s May 17th decision to end segregation in public schools. Despite the announced intention of Georgia Governor Herman Talmadge, to “insure continued and permanent segregation,” Atlanta civil rights leaders seem generally optimistic about the ruling.

In addition to his activism, Scott was also a respected journalist. He covered a wide range of topics, including politics, education, and community issues, and his reporting often highlighted the achievements and challenges of the African American community. His dedication to accurate reporting and his commitment to social justice made him a trusted voice in Kansas City.

William Alexander Scott II’s work as a civil rights activist and journalist made a significant impact on the fight for equality and justice. His efforts to challenge segregation, promote civil rights, and provide a voice for the African American community continue to inspire others in the ongoing struggle for racial equality.

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