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2021 TRAILBLAZERS

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Resilience, Respect, Resound...the Journey Forward

A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT

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Learn more about the Trailblazers with the 2020-21 Trailblazers Activity Book and box of 24 “Colors of the World” crayons for $25. Or get a family 3-pack of books with crayons, and a TKAAM family membership for $125.
Sales tax not included.

Why We Remember

For more than two decades, 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 Broadcast and Streaming event, 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 honor individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective professions. 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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The Doris Kerr Larkins "Rising Star Award"

TKAAM started a new chapter at Trailblazers in 2019, honoring the legacy of courage and vision with the Doris Kerr Larkins "Rising Star Award."

 

Ms. Kerr Larkins and many of her family and friends led the charge in the 1970's to establish the old Calvary Baptist Church Building on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, creating a home for The Kansas African American Museum.

The "Rising Star Award" reminds Wichita and the state of Kansas about the sacrifice Doris Kerr Larkins made to preserve a historic piece of African American Legacy in Wichita.

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STREAM THE 2021 KANSAS TRAILBLAZERS PLAYLIST

2021 Presenting Sponsor

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Hall of Fame Sponsor

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Honoree Sponsors

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Print Sponsor

Heritage Sponsors

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2021 Honorees

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Hon. Julie A. Robinson

Legal/Law Trailblazer

U.S. District Judge

District of Kansas

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Sheinelle Jones-Ojeh

 Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

News Anchor

Co-Host of the Today Show

NBC

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Wanda Parker-Givens

Civic Trailblazer

Deputy Chief,

City of Wichita

Police Department

John Brooks Slaughter

Engineering/Sciences Trailblazer

Professor

Univ. of Southern

California

Dr. Larry Mitnaul

Doris Kerr Larkins, Rising Star Award

Adolescent Psychiatrist

Ascension Via Christi

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Exhibition Sponsors

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Community Sponsors

Berry Foundation

Commerce Bank

Heart of Christ Church

Ted D. & Marcia Ayres

Morgan Stanley

McClelland Sound

USD 259

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Wichita Chapter of Links Inc.

Watkins Public Strategies

Capital City Oil, Inc.

Wichita SHRM

Bethel College

Delta Dental

Holy Savior Catholic Academy

Automation-Plus

Dondlinger and Sons Construction

Gregory & Carol Cole

Amy Hamilton

Kanza Bank

Nigerian Association

Wichita State University

Wichita Chamber of Commerce

Communication Federal Credit Union

Washburn University School of Law

Special Thanks

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