The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center (KAA-MaCC) Inc. will kick off it Fifth Anniversary with a celebratory black-tie gala on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Kannapolis Laureate Center. The theme for the evening, and at all times, is “Continuing the Quest for History Untold.”

The museum continues to focus on African-American history in communities throughout Cabarrus County and southern Rowan County, North Carolina. Proceeds from the gala will support the fifth anniversary year, including KAA-MaCC’s new History Collection initiative to promote local history collection for youth education.

The KAA-MaCC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will highlight five individuals in three categories. Mr. Warren Clay Coleman, entrepreneur, will be inducted posthumously in the Legacy Hall of Fame for his contributions made in Concord. Maestro Travis W. Alexander, the celebrity inductee, a renowned director, piano and music history professor at NC A&T State University. The three Lifetime Achievement inductees include: Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker, internationally noted conductor and educator; Mrs. Bettye McConnaughey McLaurin, educator; and Mr. Stephen L. Shipp, entrepreneur, Shipps Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service in Concord.

The Kannapolis Laureate Center is located at 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis. Festivities will begin with the Hall of Fame VIP reception from 4-5 p.m. Doors will open for guests to enjoy the Silent Auction from 5-6:45 p.m. and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. followed by after-dinner dancing.

Tickets are available for purchase by call KAA-MaCC administrative office at 704-925-1314 or by visiting

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