Resilience, Respect, Resound...the Journey Forward
A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT
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.
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.
2021 Presenting Sponsor
Hall of Fame Sponsor
Hon. Julie A. Robinson
U.S. District Judge
District of Kansas
Co-Host of the Today Show
City of Wichita
John Brooks Slaughter
Univ. of Southern
Dr. Larry Mitnaul
Doris Kerr Larkins, Rising Star Award
Ascension Via Christi
Heart of Christ Church
Ted D. & Marcia Ayres
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Wichita Chapter of Links Inc.
Watkins Public Strategies
Capital City Oil, Inc.
Holy Savior Catholic Academy
Dondlinger and Sons Construction
Gregory & Carol Cole
Wichita State University
Wichita Chamber of Commerce
Communication Federal Credit Union
Washburn University School of Law