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 southern 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

Advertisement Submission Requirements:

All advertisement submissions should be camera-ready(*).  The following requirements should be adhered to for souvenir journal submissions.

  1. Submissions must be in acceptable camera-ready or digital format with out font restrictions.
  2. Digital advertisement files must be submitted via an electronic file on a USB stick, CD/DVD and must include the name of the organization/individual, along with a contact name/email address in the event that additional information is needed.
  3. To show a sample of the advertisement, a printed camera-ready advertisement is accepted. Do not submit a folded copy for submission as it will be returned. 
  4. Additional requirements include: a) PDFs must be saved with fonts embedded, b) PDFs should be saved at 300 dpi to ensure the highest quality, and c) it is recommended that all images be scanned at 300 dpi.  
  5. There is a fee for souvenir journal submissions that are not camera-ready as noted in the chart above.

Should any souvenir journal advertisement not conform accordingly, KAA-MaCC reserves the right to alter the advertiser or sponsors' advertisement to comply with specifications and to correct typographical and/or spelling errors as observed.  KAA-MaCC reserves the right to refuse any advertisement.

*Note:  The term, as used in the commercial printing industry, means that a document is, from a technical standpoint, ready to "go to press," or be printed.

To download the KAA-MaCC Sponsorship Proposal, click here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

​KAA-MaCC Hall of Fame

5th Anniversary Gala & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Celebrity Hall of Fame

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

Advertisements in the souvenir journal are available.  A souvenir journal will be provided for half-page ($100) advertisements and above. The following categories are listed for camera-ready and non-camera ready advertisement submissions.

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 southern 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 

The KAA-MaCC 5th Anniversary Gala and Hall of Fame Induction will be held at The Kannapolis Laureate Centerlocated at  401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081. Festivities will begin with the Hall of Fame VIP Reception (4:00-5:30 p.m.)Doors will open for guests to enjoy the Silent Auction (5:00-5:45 p.m.) and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by after-dinner dancing. 

Mayor Al Heggins, City of Salisbury, NC, will serve asthe Mistress of CeremonyThe speaker for the evening will be Rev. Dr. D.B. Cannon, Executive Director of The A.M.E. Zion Church, Department of Global Missions, and Editor-in-Chief of the Missionary Seer.

Attire:  Black-Tie Optional

Donations:  $100per person donation includes the Hall of Fame VIP Reception with honorees, silent auction, dinner, induction ceremony, and after-dinner dancing.  General admission is $50.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the KAA-MaCC Administrative Office (704) 925-1314 or by visiting our website ( Methods of payments for admission included:  cash, check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Tickets are going fast and should be purchased by September 30, 2018.

Five individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the KAA-MaCC 5th Anniversary Gala & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Legacy Hall of Fame:  

Warren Clay Coleman (deceased), entrepreneur who made significant and extraordinary contributions in Concord, NC.

Celebrity Hall of Fame:  

Travis W. Alexander, maestro and director of the NC A&T State University Choir and Chamber Singers, and piano/music history professor.


Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker, internationally noted conductor and educator.

Bettye McConnaughey McLaurin, a retired educator and member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Mr. Stephen L. Shipp, entrepreneur and owner of Shipps Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service in Concord, NC.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 5th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Sponsorship categories follow:

Platinum        $2,000                                  Diamond    $1,000
Gold               $1,500                                  Bronze       $500

Silver             $1,200                                  Donation   $100

Underwriting a portion of the costs for items needed for the gala event are available if you want to support the anniversary gala and take advantage of the gala's unique promotional opportunities, but cannot attend.  Simply choose your giving level and underwrite a portion of the costs for any of the following needs:

Dinner - Venue - Design & Printing - Decor & Floral - Entertainment - Signage - Staging/Lighting - Video/Photography

Underwriting levels of giving follow:

Deep Roots    $2,500             Growing Tree   $1,500         Blooming Buds    $1,000

Details for each category are available upon request.  Call the KAA-MaCC  Administrative Office (704.925.1314) or email ( for any inquiries. To download the KAA-MaCC Sponsorship Proposal, click here.

Souvenir Journal Advertisements

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 southern 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.

Lifetime Achievement Award


Cabarrus County, North Carolina


& Cultural Center, Inc.