Trailblazers for Justice

The Bar Foundation named William T. Coleman, Jr. (1920-2017) as our third ever Trailblazer for Justice in 2021.

Trailblazers for Justice are individuals who led the way in Philadelphia in creating equal access to justice for all. These honorees are historical role models and demonstrate the rich diversity of contributions that have made our community what it is today.

Trailblazers literally changed the face of leadership in our City, opening doors that had once been closed to many Philadelphians. They have much to teach us about commitment to justice for those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination. Through their brilliance, personal courage, and use of exceptional talents, these trailblazers advanced the cause of civil rights. They inspire us for the work that still lies ahead.

By honoring these historical leaders, we recognize that we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and whose lives and contributions, from different backgrounds and circumstances, have shaped who we are as a community.

2021 Trailblazer: William T. Coleman Jr. (1920 - 2017)

2018 Trailblazer: Jerome J. Shestack (1923 - 2011)

2016 Trailblazer: Sadie T.M. Alexander (1898-1989)