Voices of UTrailblazers

Voices of UTrailblazers

By UM Alumni Association

Voices of UTrailblazers

By UM Alumni Association
Listen to the stories shared by UM Alumni during the February 2017 UTrailblazers weekend, a celebration of UM's first black graduates.

Through the culmination of years of archival research, outreach, leadership and support from dedicated alumni, administrators, and community partners, the Black Alumni Society established the First Black Graduates Project. This project acknowledged those who blazed the trail in breaking the color barrier at UM in the 1960s and ’70s – the “UTrailblazers.” 

To honor their courage, successes and contributions to the University community, the Black Alumni Society proudly hosted a signature event on the Coral Gables campus February 24-25, 2017. Alumni of all ages returned to celebrate, share personal stories and support the newly created First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarshipso that all future trailblazers have access to excellence at the U.   

The video series provides a firsthand account from alumni of the 1960’s and 70s, as well as personal stories of those who came after.   

Click here, to hear them discuss how black graduates are standing on the shoulders of the UTrailblazers, and how important it is that we acknowledge those shoulders while they are here.