In 2001, several African American alums initiated a Union Black Alum Association. They reached out to many other alums, who returned soon thereafter to Union for a memorable gathering—and reconnected with each other and the institution. Three years later in February 2004, the Black Caucus and the Black Women’s Caucus of Union hosted the inaugural Trailblazers worship service and celebration. This formal tribute was the embodiment of the organizers’ vision to continue the Association’s efforts and build on it, in order to connect the powerful legacy of spirituality and strength among the distinguished list of Black Alums and the students of African descent.
Trailblazers has been an opportunity to honor the powerful legacy of Union’s distinguished Black Alums and connect them with Union’s current students through worship services and celebrations. The goal of Trailblazers is primarily to provide an opportunity to honor the ministerial work of Union’s Black Alums, as well as provide a forum for organizing around important and shared social justice issues.
Trailblazers 2023 Worship Service and Celebration is the grounding event for this year’s themed reunion – One Union. Following the worship service, we will host a reception to catch up with old classmates and make new connections with members of the Union community. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.
To attend Trailblazers 2023, please select the Wednesday complimentary ticket for One Union Reunion.
Photos by Ron Hester and Katilau Mbindyo