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2021 TRAILBLAZERS

Resilience, Respect, Resound...the Journey Forward

A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT

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Select a “Hall of Fame” Party Pack with specially-curated Trailblazer wines from Jenny Dawn Cellars for $75 (order online). Toast our “Hall of Fame” recipients and help support the mission of TKAAM.

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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. 

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

Hon. Julie A. Robinson

Legal/Law Trailblazer

U.S. District Judge

District of Kansas

Sheinelle Jones-Ojeh

 Broadcast/Journalism Trailblazer

News Anchor

Co-Host of the Today Show

NBC

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

Special Thanks

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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