The purpose of the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor African-American individuals from Cabarrus and Rowan County, North Carolina who excelled in their respective roles and who helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction, and excellence to their gift/talent. Recognition of individuals in the Hall of Fame will help maintain the spirit, pride, and sense of community as well as serve as a historical account of the African-American presence in Cabarrus and southern Rowan County, North Carolina.

A hall of fame will be constructed in a display case in the main hallway foyer in the museum. All awardees, selected for induction into the Hall of Fame, will have a gold plate placed on a plaque in the display case with their name, category of award, and city/neighborhood where they lived or worked.

9th Anniversary Gala Tickets

Sponsorship, donations, and bidders for the first-ever Virtual Silent Auction are available for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Eighth Anniversary Celebration.

For details, call the KAA-MaCC  Administrative Office (704.925.1314) or email (presidentceo@kaa-macc.org). 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for the Ninth Anniversary Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available via Eventbrite.  Click here or on the image below to purchase a ticket.  

Residents, former residents, family members and/or kindred are eligible for nomination after their contribution was made to the African-American community in Cabarrus and Rowan County, North Carolina and/or other location of residence. They must be in good standing in the community where they lived as determined by the Board Members.

Such individual or institution (i.e., trailblazers) must have contributed a memorable impact on said community or in their career. Among the accomplishments taken into account will be individual (neighborhood, city, state, or national), professional achievement, educational with school impact (team accomplishments, individual school), institutional contribution/ achievement, and have a positive impact on the community at-large during their era and accomplishments thereafter.

The nomination is also open to businesses and/or churches that must have served with distinction and/or made significant contributions to African-American communities, as evidenced, for example, by the success of their administrations and the acknowledgment of same.

Eligibility for Nominations

Legacy Hall of Fame


​KAA-MaCC Hall of Fame

Celebrity Hall of Fame

The Celebrity Hall of Fame category recognizes individuals from or have roots in Cabarrus and Rowan County and have attained celebrity status in their chosen careers.  These are individuals who are deemed very important and are very well known.

In the category of Lifetime Achievement, an award is presented to individuals recognized for their gift/talent and leadership in the communities throughout Cabarrus and Rowan County.

​The Legacy Hall of Fame category recognizes individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions that have had lasting value and importance and have withstood the test of time.

Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities 

Five individuals will be honored during the KAA-MaCC Ninth Anniversary Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 8, 2022.  The venue for the ceremony is The Laureate Center in Kannapolis, North.  The Induction Ceremony began at 5:00 p.m.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees            

Mrs. Willie Jean B. Kennedy,  retired educator, and member of the Rowan-Salisbury School System Board of Education.

Mr. Willie A. Deese, a business executive in management, finance, regulatory, governance, manufacturing, and technology.​

Mrs. Ella Mae SmallCivic /Community Leader, and retired Concord City Council member.

Mr. John Black, Jr., retired educator and community leader.

Mr. Ernest G. Brown, entrepreneur and business executive.

2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

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