TRAILBLAZERS

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. 

Celebrate Where You Are

Invite a few people over for a socially-distanced tribute to the Trailblazers. It will be a memorable evening honoring inspiring pacesetters and pioneers.  To set the tone for the evening, TKAAM’s Board President will share her 2020 Trailblazer Playlist featuring a collection of amazing Kansas artists.

Hall of Fame Party Pack

Purchase a“Hall of Fame” Party Pack with 2 bottles of specially-curated Trailblazer wines from Jenny Dawn Cellars.  For a $75 donation, your toast to the “Hall of Fame” recipients will help support the mission of TKAAM

Put your “people, pride and place” on display with purchase of this $100 event package. You will receive a family membership to The Kansas African American Museum and two “We Are Culture” face masks. As a “thank you,” you will be recognized on our website and social media. 

We Are Culture Party Pack

Interact with us through live chat on LinkedIn and Facebook Live during the event. Then post photos of your family and friends celebrating along with the 2020 Trailblazer honorees on social media

STREAM THE 2020 KANSAS TRAILBLAZERS PLAYLIST

Sponsorship Opportunities

Honoree Sponsor

Heritage Sponsor

Exhibition Sponsor

Community Sponsor

Call (316) 262-7651 for more info

2020 Presenting Sponsor

Sponsors

2020 Honorees

Hattie McDaniel

Performing Arts Trailblazer

Posthumously

Kansas-born

Oscar Winning Actress

Carla Eckels

Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

Director

Cultural Diversity

KMUW

Junetta Everett

Health/Business Trailblazer

Vice President,

Professional Relations

Delta Dental of Kansas

Sam Ford

Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

Washington, D.C.

Bureau Chief

abc7 News

Dr. Sharla Smith

Doris Kerr Larkins, Rising Star Award

Assistant Professor

School of Medicine

University of Kansas

Exhibition Sponsors

Jill Docking

Previous Honorees

2000


Melina Banks

Riley Banks, Jr.

Jo Gardenhire

Harold Cary

Spencer Tolbert

Cleo Littleton

Terrence McDonald, M.D.

Melvin Parks

Josephine Brown

Jessie Foust

Val Brown Sr., M.D.

Dennis Shaw

Samuel Adams

Judge Greg Waller

Floyd Powell

Vashti Lewis, Ph.D.

Rev Kenneth L. Davis

Curtis McClinton

Bishop J.C. Gilkey, Sr.

E. Ceasus Tyree




2002


George Johnson

Rudy Love

John Allen

Anderson Eugene Jackson

Abner Val Jean Jackson

Bernice Hutcherson

Johnathan Wells

Mildred Ingram

Dr. William Burney

Billy Randle, Sr.

Jennifer Jones

Chief Norman Williams

Zenobia Washington

Julius McLaurian

Billy Q. McCray

Rev. Jettie P. Dennis, Jr.

Charles Doughty

Dr. Donald Jackson




2009


Xavia Hightower-Howard

Shon Gables

Cheryl Brown Henderson

Rev Oliver L. Brown




2010


Ralph Reid

Rosie Hughes

Barry Sanders




2011


Angela Bates

Lynette Woodard

Linwood Sexton




2012


Ed Dwight

Cheryl McAfee-Mitchell

Charyl McAfee Duncan

U.L. “Rip” Gooch




2013


James Reeb

Dockum Sit-in Group

Veryl Switzer




2014


James Hysten

Fern Merrifield Van Giesen

LaFayette Norwood

Dwight Eisenhower




2015


Robert Brogden

Judith Wencel

Willie Jeffries

Donald Hollowell




2016


Kevin Wilmott

Kim Thomas

Godwin Opara

Father Mark Carroll




2017


Kevin Merida

Connie Franklin

Ron Walters




2018


Dr. Alicia Thompson

Karla Burns

Elisha Scott, Sr




2019


Ms. Deltha Q. Colvin

Greg “Hitman” Williams

Gordon Parks
Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade





Community Sponsors

Berry Foundation 

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

We Are Culture Sponsors

Keith Pickus

Donna Perline

Mary Moon

Jeff Beasley

Ann Fox

Andrew Nave

Eleaner Keppy

Trudy Baker

Lavonta Williams

Twila Puritty

Holly Putnam-Jackson

Don Skokan

Kimberly Krull

Kathe Thompson

Oletha Faust-Goudeau

Lai-L Daugherty

James Nastars

Sheila Kinnard

Shelly Moore

Jeff Van Sickle

Melissa Knoeber

Melody Miller

TeOndra Phillips

Marvin Stone

Lacey Cruse

Patrice Poole

Carolyn McGinn

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