Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in Alumni News and News
Each year, the African-American Leaders & Innovators Project recognizes leaders from the KU community for their impact on society. These talented and sometimes controversial individuals helped shape the University as well as the cities, states and nations their work touched.
“The award is a great way to honor African-American individuals who have done such extraordinary things in their communities and for KU,” says selection committee member Rosalind Bauchum, c’74, g76. “I’m reminded of the first African-American student to graduate from KU in 1895—just one generation beyond slavery. What an educational statement and achievement for other African-Americans.”
The African-American Leaders and Innovators Project, made possible through gifts from KU alumnus Mike Shinn, e’66, was initiated in 2006 and brought to fruition through the coordinated efforts of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU Alumni Association, the Spencer Research Library and KU Endowment Association.
Recipients are selected from nominations submitted to the KU Black Alumni Network African-American Leaders and Innovators Project Committee. To be considered, a nominee must be an African-American who attended or graduated from the University of Kansas and an acknowledged leader or innovator within his or her community, chosen profession or society at large. Posthumous nominations are acceptable and encouraged. The committee will accept nominations for the 2015 awards through March 16. Read more about past inductees.
Honorees will be recognized in the fall at the biennial KU Black Alumni Network Reunion Celebration. All nominees and their families are encouraged to participate.
Click here to complete a nomination form.