African American ‘trailblazers’ honored by museum

Carla Eckels

Veteran radio broadcaster Carla Eckels and Wichita business leader Junetta Everett were among five people inducted into The Kansas African American Museum’s Trailblazers Hall of Fame last month.

Eckels, who is Director of Cultural Diversity for News and Engagement at KMUW, has been an announcer and news producer for KMUW since 1996. She hosts the R&B and gospel show Sousaltions and annually emcees Gospelfest during the Wichita River Festival.

Everett, an executive with Delta Dental of Kansas, is the sixth female and first person of color to chair the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. She was profiled in the July issue of The Active Age.

The other inductees include Sam Ford, a Coffeyville native who works for ABC News in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Sharla Smith, an assistant professor at University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita; and Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel, a Wichita native being honored posthumously. 

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