NOVEMBER 12, 2022
Compassion, Commitment, Courage…Continuing the Legacy!
A BROADCAST AND STREAMING EVENT
Learn more about the Trailblazers with the 2022 Trailblazers Activity Book and box of 24 “Colors of the World” crayons for $15. Or get a family 3-pack of books with crayons, and a TKAAM family membership for $95.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame Sponsor
Dr. Kevass J. Harding
Lead Pastor - Dellrose United Methodist Church
Delano E. Lewis
Civic & Law Trailblazer
New Mexico State University
June Bacon - Bercey
The First Female T.V. Meteorologist,
The National Weather Service
Roy Moye III
Doris Kerr Larkins, Rising Star Award
Creator of STEM Music
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. - Wichita Alumnae Chapter
Capital City Oil, Inc.
J.E. Dunn Construction
Golden Plains Credit Union
Dondlinger and Sons Construction
Wichita Chamber of Commerce
Communication Federal Credit Union
Watkins Public Strategies
2022Dr. Kevass J. Harding Delano E. Lewis June Bacon - Bercey Roy Moye III
2021Wanda Parker-Givens Sheinelle Jones-Ojeh Dr. Larry Mitnaul Hon. Julie A. Robinson John Brooks Slaughter
2020Carla Eckels Junetta Everett Hattie McDaniel Sam Ford Sharla Smith, Ph.D.
2019Ms. Deltha Q. Colvin Greg “Hitman” Williams Gordon Parks Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade
2018Dr. Alicia Thompson Karla Burns Elisha Scott, Sr
2017Kevin Merida Connie Franklin Ron Walters
2016Kevin Wilmott Kim Thomas Godwin Opara Father Mark Carroll
2015Robert Brogden Judith Wencel Willie Jeffries Donald Hollowell
2014James Hysten Fern Merrifield Van Giesen LaFayette Norwood Dwight Eisenhower
2013James Reeb Dockum Sit-in Group Veryl Switzer
2012Ed Dwight Cheryl McAfee-Mitchell Charyl McAfee Duncan U.L. “Rip” Gooch
2011Angela Bates Lynette Woodard Linwood Sexton
2010Ralph Reid Rosie Hughes Barry Sanders
2009Xavia Hightower-Howard Shon Gables Cheryl Brown Henderson Rev Oliver L. Brown
2002George 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
2000Melina 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