UTrailblazers First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship Project

First Black Graduates Project First Black Graduates Project

Bringing History to Life; see highlights from the UTrailblazers weekend and learn how you can get involved.

The UM Black Alumni Society’s First Black Graduates Project acknowledged “UTrailblazers”— those who blazed the trail in breaking the color barrier at the University of Miami in the 1960s and ’70s. The UM Black Alumni Society was proud to host UTrailblazers, a signature event on the Coral Gables campus in February 2017. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to its overwhelming success! 

As part of this project, the First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship was created to support students at UM who have financial hardships. Invest in the future of the U today by making a gift.


Click on the links to read more about the project's origin and about the event.


Blazing the trail, building the dream


Thirty-five years after it opened for classes in 1926, the University of Miami admitted its first black students. The First Black Graduates Project aims to identify University of Miami black graduates from 1961 to 1979, document their personal histories, and raise funds for scholarships that will positively impact the lives of current UM students and generations to come.

Members of the UM Black Alumni Society created The First Black Graduates Project after attending "Unity in Diversity: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at the University of Miami," a semester-long series of speakers, an art exhibition, a concert, and other events in the spring of 2012. Through dedicated alumni outreach and archival research, the project continues to chronicle this important part of our history and honor those who blazed a trail of courage, diversity, and inclusion at the U.

Get Connected

The First Black Graduates of the 1960s and 1970s blazed a trail at the University of Miami. Browse the Directory of First Black Graduates. To update your contact information or help us continue to find lost alumni, click here.

Become a Volunteer

Become a volunteer to assist with ongoing research, outreach, fundraising for the next stages of the UTrailblazers First Black Graduates Project.

Antonio Junior, A.B. '79
Denise Mincey-Mills, B.B.A ’79
Phyllis Tyler, B.B.A ’79

For additional information or to get involved, contact Dorean Gordon-Williams, Senior Director Alumni Engagement at 305-284-2206 or the Office of Alumni Relations: 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867) or alumni@miami.edu.

Invest in the future of the U today by making a gift toward the First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship Fund!



Conatct Arlene Johnson, M.A.L.S. '06, Development Director, Annual Giving, at 305-284-6232 or ajohnson@mioami.edu.