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2020 TRAILBLAZERS

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Challenge, Sacrifice, Triumph...and still we rise!

A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT

For more than a decade, The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) has honored pioneers who helped shape the Kansas African American experience through an exhibit titled Trailblazers. Now, TKAAM recognizes the perseverance and achievements of these leaders at its dazzling annual fundraiser, A Tribute to Trailblazers. Each year this event proudly honors a new class of inductees into an esteemed, established “Hall of Fame.”

 

A Trailblazer is a leader, a pacesetter, a pioneer, and each year we have four honorary categories for individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective arena. A Posthumous Trailblazer is awarded to those who have walked the path before us and given us hope as we move into the future. 

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STREAM THE 2020 KANSAS TRAILBLAZERS PLAYLIST

2020 Presenting Sponsor

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Honoree Sponsor

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Print Sponsor

Sponsors

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2020 Honorees

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Hattie McDaniel

Performing Arts Trailblazer

Posthumously

Kansas-born

Oscar Winning Actress

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Carla Eckels

Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

Director

Cultural Diversity

KMUW

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Junetta Everett

Health/Business Trailblazer

Vice President,

Professional Relations

Delta Dental of Kansas

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Sam Ford

Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

Washington, D.C.

Bureau Chief

abc7 News

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Dr. Sharla Smith

Doris Kerr Larkins, Rising Star Award

Assistant Professor

School of Medicine

University of Kansas

Exhibition Sponsors

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Jill Docking

Community Sponsors

Berry Foundation 

Communication Federal Credit Union

McClelland Sound

Heart of Christ Church

Vera & Jim Bothner

Ted D. & Marcia Ayres

Wichita Education Foundation

C. Edward & Gidget Watson

Carla Eckels family

Amy Hamilton 

Morgan Stanley Flinthills Group

Wichita Chapter Links Inc

NE Optimist Club of Wichita

Real Men Real Heroes

Kansas Leadership Center

Wichita SHRM

Watkins Public Strategies - Topeka

We Are Culture Sponsors

Keith Pickus

Donna Perline

Charlie & Mary Moon

Jeff & Flora Beasley

Ann Fox

Andrew Nave

Eleaner Keppy

Trudy & John Baker

Lavonta & Billy Williams

Ross & Twila Puritty

Holly Putnam-Jackson

Don & Ellie Skokan

Dr. Kimberly Krull

Kathe Thompson

Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau

Lai-L & Damon Daugherty

Sylvia Steinshouer

Sheila Kinnard

Skyward Bound Solutions

Jeff & Janice Van Sickle

Melissa Knoeber

Melody Miller

TeOndra Phillips

Marvin Stone

Lacey Cruse

Patrice & Charles Poole

Carolyn & Mark McGinn

Theola Cooper

Legacy Bank

Michael Mullins

James & Cynthia Nastars

Marvin Stone Jr.

Sheree & David Utash

Ann & William Woods