Line separator

TRAILBLAZERS

Trailblazers -nd brown.png

A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT

Why We Remember

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.”

What is a Trailblazer?

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. 

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




2020


Carla Eckels Junetta Everett Hattie McDaniel Sam Ford Sharla Smith, Ph.D.