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Kannapolis African American Museum Induction Ceremony Set for October 8 | Local News


The Kannapolis African American Museum and Cultural Center will celebrate its ninth anniversary and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 8, with the theme: “Celebrating the Birth of an Ongoing Harvest.” It will be an unforgettable night!

KAA-MaCC and Friends will be celebrating an anniversary that commemorates its founding and provides an opportunity to recognize the distinguished contributions of natives of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, their supporters and partners.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is essential to the collection and preservation of history. The Hall of Fame serves as a historical narrative of extraordinary achievement while promoting a sense of community, pride in heritage and the spirit of excellence of the natives of Cabarrus and Rowan.

Individuals from Cabarrus and Rowan counties will be recognized for their significant contributions to society (standing the test of time) of lasting value and impact in their respective endeavours. The 2022 inductees who will receive lifetime achievement awards are: Willie A. Deese (business executive); Willie Jean B. Kennedy (educator); John Black Jr. (educator); Ella Mae Small (civic/community leader); and Ernest G. Brown (business executive).

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Dominique Clark, Cabarrus County Communications and Outreach, will be the master of ceremonies. The Reverend Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman, pastor of Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church in Charlotte, will be the keynote speaker.

From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the venue for the VIP and General Admission Receptions and Silent Auction will be at the Laureate Center. From 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the dinner/program and induction ceremony will follow in The Laureate Center Ballroom at 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis.

Donations of $100 per person include a VIP reception with winners and special guests, a silent auction, dinner and an induction ceremony. Donations of $55 include a reception, silent auction, dinner and induction ceremony. Tickets are available through Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/3PzGhob) or the KAA-MaCC website (https://bit.ly/3K7Z7RA). The deadline for purchasing tickets is October 1st. Dress for the event is optional.

Opportunities for sponsorship and/or placement of ads in the souvenir newspaper are available. Details of sponsorships, advertisements and tickets are provided at www.kaa-macc.org.

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