In 2001, a few African American alumni/ae initiated a Union Black Alumni/ae Association. They subsequently reached out to many other alumni/ae, who returned to Union for a memorable reunion, and reconnected with each other and the institution. Three years later in February 2004, the Black Caucus and the Black Women¹s Caucus of Union hosted the inaugural Trailblazers worship service and celebration. This formal tribute was the embodiment of the organizers’ vision to continue the Association¹s efforts and build on it, in order to connect the powerful legacy of spirituality and strength among the distinguished list of Black Alumni/ae and the current students of African descent.

Each year since, Trailblazers has been an opportunity to honor the powerful legacy of Union’s distinguished Black Alumni/ae and connect them with our current students through worship services and celebrations. The goal of Trailblazers is primarily to provide an opportunity to honor the ministerial work of Union¹s Black Alumni/ae as well as provide a forum for organizing around important and shared social justice issues.

What this site for our upcoming announcement of preachers for the Trailblazers 2019 preaching series, scheduled at 7:00 p.m. each Friday evening in February in James Chapel:

Friday, February 1
Friday, February 8
Friday, February 15
Friday, February 22