UTrailblazers: Blazing the Trail, Building the Dream

Edward, BM '72, and Roslyn Gooding, AB '71, overcame obstacles to thrive at the university, both as students and as individuals. More than 45 years since graduating, they're proud of the progress the university has made and look forward to its future.

 

Edward Gooding, B.M. ’72 Roslyn D. Gooding, A.B. ’71
Frost School of Music & College of Arts and Sciences

Through the culmination of years of archival research, outreach, leadership and support from dedicated alumni, administrators, and community partners, the Black Alumni Society established the First Black Graduates Project. This project acknowledged those who blazed the trail in breaking the color barrier at UM in the 1960s and '70s – the “UTrailblazers.”

To honor their courage, successes and contributions to the University community, the Black Alumni Society proudly hosted a signature event on the Coral Gables campus February 24-25, 2017. Alumni of all ages returned to celebrate, share personal stories and to support the newly created First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship, so that all future trailblazers have access to excellence at the U.

In this video series, alumni of the 1960’s and '70’s, as well as those who came after, tell their personal stories about attending UM.

Listen to Judith D. Trimble, B.Ed. ’72, discuss how “we are all standing on somebody’s shoulders, and we need to acknowledge those shoulders we stand on while they are here.”

Michael J. Caldwell, B.M. ’71, M.M. ’73, M.M. ’74. “The University of Miami, was for me, the icing on the cake. I stayed here, got my master’s degree and it was really like a surrogate parent for me. I learned so much about living in the world.”

Bonita Adams, A.B. ’83, shares that because of her experience at the U, she “feels free and motivated to go anywhere.” For her, UM is “an enclave of different nationalities.” She also expounds on the importance of “experiencing one another as human beings that all want the same things in life.” Learn about the special award Adams achieved while here at the U and hear more stories from the UTrailblazers.

Bonita Adams, A.B. ’83

College of Arts & Sciences


Asgar Ali, B.B.A. ’05

Miami Business School


Kary R. Baker, B.B.A. ’75

Miami Business School


Olivia Benson, B.B.A. ’84, J.D. ’90

Miami Business School, School of Law


Carol Burke, A.B. ’79

College of Arts & Sciences


Michael J. Caldwell, B.M. ’71, M.M. ’73, M.M. ’74

Frost School of Music


Elaine B. Callender, B.Ed. ’73

School of Education and Human Development


Rubin Carter, B.B.A. ’75

Miami Business School


Thad Cromwell, B.B.A. ’81

Miami Business School


Randal Darling, B.B.A. ’80

Miami Business School


Merlande Dieujuste, B.S.N. ’04

School of Nursing and Health Studies


Deborah D. Enix-Ross, A.B. ’78, J.D. ’81

College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law


Retha M. Fye, A.B. ’73

College of Arts & Sciences


Vanessa H. Gilyard

In memory of Geraline Gilyard, E.D.D. '75


Edward Gooding, B.M. ’72

Frost School of Music


Roslyn D. Gooding, A.B. ’71

College of Arts & Sciences


Kevin Harris, A.B. ’91 & Karline Carpenter-Harris, B.S.N. ’93

College of Arts & Sciences & School of Nursing and Health Studies


Roslyn K. Holmes August, B.B.A. ’73

Miami Business School


Shenita Hunt, B.M. ’90

Frost School of Music


William Johnson, J.D. ’73

School of Law


Andrew Jones, B.B.A. ’76

Miami Business School


Leeomie Kelly, B.M. ’66

Frost School of Music


Joseph "Joe" King, B.S.E.E. ’74

College of Engineering


Amber J. Lawhorn, B.B.A. ’03

Miami Business School


A. David Makepeace, B.S. ’73

College of Arts & Sciences


Dana Moss, M.B.A. ’81

Miami Business School


Bilal Muhammad, M.S.Ed. ’92

School of Education and Human Development


Ted Nichols, J.D. ’79

School of Law


Gregory Norman, B.B.A. ’78

Miami Business School


Terone D. Preston, B.S. ’78

College of Arts & Sciences


Anna M. Price, Ph.D. ’87, M.A.L.S. ’12

School of Education and Human Development, College of Arts & Sciences


Patricia B. Roberts, B.Ed. ’72, B.S.Ed. ’72, M.Ed. ’73, M.S.Ed. ’73

School of Education and Human Development


The Rolle Sisters

College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering and Miami Business School


John Square, B.Ed. ’04

School of Education and Human Development


JeJuan D. Stewart, B.S. ’81

College of Arts & Sciences


Charlayne R. Thompkins, B.B.A. ’73

Miami Business School


Dinah Trevil, A.B. ’03

College of Arts & Sciences


Judith D. Trimble, B.E.D. ’72

School of Education and Human Development


Barbara A. Wooden, B.B.A. ’73

Miami Business School


Nancy Wilson Young, M.Ed. ’70

School of Education and Human Development