Michael D. Bates, director of UMKC’s Office of Affirmative Action, was recently awarded the 2012 Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award for serving as a lifelong advocate for civil and human rights in the State of Missouri.
Bates received the award from the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. They stated that since receiving his undergraduate degree in 1969, Bates has “worked unswervingly to address civil rights problems in our state.”
The award was named for Judge Arnold Krekel, who was a strong supporter of abolishing slavery and signed the historic 1865 ordinance to end slavery in Missouri.
Bates received the award on Dec. 7, 2012 in Jefferson City.