The Trailblazer Awards 2019 was hosted Sunday, October 6 in Kansas City, MO at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Keeping with the theme of Everything Underground's mission, the awards show paid homage to the pioneers of the city at the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball.
Those honored were from various backgrounds of black excellence in music, education, politics, technology, media business, entrepreneurship, community service , fashion and agriculture.
EU Co-Founder Founder, Lashell Daniels could only describe the night's event as, "Historic."
The choice of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was purposeful. EU's use of black owned venues generate energy with the culture according to Daniels. She notes that there are a lot of black historical sites throughout the U.S. that people aren't aware of, so to be given the space to honor some Mo and beyond Trailblazers inside the Historic museum fills her with gratitude.
"I'm grateful to Kansas City for opening their doors to us. The city and its people are true trailblazers. It's a great opportunity to advance our calling, and we're grateful to them for embracing this opportunity."
They partnered with the Missouri Black Chamber of Commerce in collaboration of the event. The chamber also served as one of the many sponsors.
EU received an extended thank you letter from the Office of Gov. Michael L. Parson for bringing the awards show to Kansas City, MO. The many sponsors for the event include, Toyota, World Changers, Redemption Outreach Services Inc., Hype Magazine, Cherish the Cakes, Heart and 2 Encourage New Vision.
EU, Co-Founder Corey Daniels said he never doubted that the city would pull through. He's overwhelmed with gratitude.
"It went great and as planned."
The Trailblazers 2019 hosted a private VIP reception dinner before kicking off the main event with music entertainment, a fashion show and the honorees being awarded for their achievements.
EU News interviewed honorees and guests on the red carpet. They streamed live on Facebook through One Kansas City Radio on a media collaboration.
The Trailblazers 2019 is grateful to the honorees and entertainers . David Stewart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Icon Award for being one of the five black billionaires in America straight out of Clinton, Missouri and his contributions to higher education institutions.
Ollie Gates received the Cultural Pioneer Icon Award for his contributions to the community through his family's black owned Gates BBQ Restaurants in the city. He's served as campaign manager for Bruce R. Watkins run for mayor back in 1979. He would later go on to play a leading role for the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center among other projects.
Mr. Leon Dixon received the Education Ambassador Icon Award for being one of the founders of the W.E.B DuBois Learning Center in Kansas City and having his focus on mathematics for children. He's a published author and scholar.
Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten received the Servant Leadership Award for his creation of locally renown Neighborhood Outreach Center, two charter schools and a local church which contains and supports over 45 outreach ministries.
Commissioner Maida J. Coleman previously served as State Representative and Senator for St. Louis. She was honored for her legislation to protect children from lead poisoning. She is most revered for her work in the Hot Weather Law. She also regularly moderates and speaks at numerous community and energy regulatory events nationally and internationally.
Carol Daniel received the Excellence in Media Pioneer Award. She is an award winning columnist who was honored twice with the National Newspaper Association awards for her column, "Carol's Journal." which ran for nearly 10 years in the St. Louis American Newspaper. She's been given accolades from multiple platforms through the decades.
Betsy Helgager Hughes received the Business Leadership Pioneer Award. She's the President/CEO of BLH Consulting, Inc. Before starting BLH she spearheaded the global public relations industry's first dedicated, in-house team to focus on the African-American consumer, Ketchum PR's African-American Markets Group.
Pastor Jahvelle Rhone received the Pioneer Musical Excellence Award for his contributions to the music world through his talent on the saxophone. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and discovered his love for music early according to his childhood music memories of dancing and playing instruments with his father and brothers in the basement. He's shared the platform of ministry and music with numerous Gospel Recording Artists.
Bill Coe received the Pioneering Agricultural Excellence Award for his intricate role in social civic involvement and teaching entrepreneurship to emerging leaders seeking to explore future opportunities in agriculture. He's the CEO and Director of Green Acres Urban Farm and Research. He's committed to building one of the largest sustainable Energy Aquaponics Bio Parks in the county.
Esmeralda Lola received the Pioneering Fashion Excellence Award. She's a native Kansas City fashion designer who started her career at the age of 10. She received her calling after prayer and research to create Kyrie Eleison Couture.
Toyota was a corporate sponsor and also received the Pioneering Diversity & Inclusion Award. They openly believe in equality, respect and all-inclusive treatment for all people. They're committed to making the workplace, marketplace, society and the world a better place for everyone.
Carl Price received the Bridge Builders Award as well as being the Surprise Honoree People's Choice. He's the founder and owner of Financial Aid Consulting Tutoring Service (FACTS) and has been dedicated in helping students and adults in their quest of educational pursuits.
Vera Price received the Pioneering Leadership Impact Award. She's the co-owner of the Peachtree restaurant in the city to share great soul food recipes past down from generations.
Mr. Pat Clarke received the My Brothers' Keeper Award. He was recognized as a voice and community activist for young black males in Kansas City, MO. Clarke worked hard to clean up a park and make it a safe space for midnight basketball and other programs. He spearheaded the park project which went on to be named after him.
Negro League Baseball Museum received the Iconic Cultural Landmark Award for the creation of the museum . The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 by a group of former Negro league baseball players, including Kansas City Monarchs outfielder, Alfred Surratt Buck O'Neil, Larry Lester and Horace Peterson according to Wiki. In 1997, the museum located to 1616 18th vine Kansas City, MO. The founders looked to build with the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.